It is time we gave up the culture of accusing anyone who ask questions of the ruling government as being members of the opposition political parties. This witch hunt application is unhealthy for democracy and progress. At Edo connect we receive a lot of calls weekly, mainly from members of the Edo international community (UK and Europe) stating their concerns or praises on Edo State matters.
So last week we received calls questioning the number of committees inaugurated by Gov Obaseki in Edo State.
Edos want to know the progress of these committees. They are getting agitated that Gov. Obaseki appears to have taken the route of Oshiomole where commissioning palm trees, taking pictures and inaugurating committees seems to be all the action coming out of Government house. Oshiomole went as far as demolishing houses around Benin Moat promising to rebuild the area for tourist attraction and we all know the end of that story.
Also they have noticed that Gov Obaseki seldom gives speeches addressing the Edo People. They have referred the Edo State Governor to the new President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, to see how speaking to your people can motivate change more than pictures and committee inauguration.
Edo Connect has considered these calls and we have highlighted 25 Committees inaugurated by Governor Obaseki in Edo State since 2017. We want Gov. Obaseki to provide a progress report on these committees.
Lastly, are committees something we should be expecting more of ? Do we have an Edo diaspora Committee? There are presently up to 50 committees inaugurated by Governor Obaseki in Edo State.
Jan 9th, 2017: Obaseki Inaugurates Family Court Implementation Committee
Jan 26th, 2017: Inaugurates 9-man committee agriculture committee targeting job creation
23rd Jan 2017: Inaugurates committee to develop Gele Gele sea port
May 1st, 2017: Inaugurates Pension Bureau in Edo State
Mar 8th, 2017: Promises to set up a committee to look at prison security in Edo state
Mar 15th 2017L Obaseki Inaugurates Social Investment Programme Committee
May 24th, 2017: Obaseki Inaugurates library revival implementation Committee
May 26th, 2017: Obaseki Inaugurates ICD, TTP Project Committee
May 27th, 2017: Obaseki to Inaugurate Committee to reintroduce Bini history in schools
July 13th, 2017: Inaugurates committee on primary Healthcare remodelling, tasking its members to facilitate the proper functioning of PHCs in the state.
July 18th, 2017: Inaugurates Clean and green Edo committee
July 27th, 2017: Inaugurates Committee to design Framework for Health
July 27th, 2017: Inaugurates committee to implement Edo Healthcare Scheme
Oct 25th, 2017: Inaugurates Edo Boundary Committee to address intra and inter-local govt boundary disputes in the state.
Aug 11tth 2017: Inaugurates committee to investigate Edo state Polytechnic
Aug 15th, 2017: Inaugurates 10-member committee for privatisation and commercialization
Aug 22, 2017 Inaugurates 11-man committee to set up Edo Sports commission
January 30th, 2018: Inaugurates 13-member committee for digital literacy
January 31st, 2018: To Inaugurate state drug control committee in seven days
Feb 3rd, 2018: Inaugurates 6 man committee to generate 1000MW to implement the Edo Electrifying initiative.
Feb 7th, 2018: Inaugurates technical committee on Privatisation, commercialisation of state owned firms
8th Feb 2018: Set up committee to check herdsmen and farmer clashes
March 28th, 2018: Inaugurates State food and nutrition committee to develop sustainable strategies to tackle the problem of Malnutrition
April 4th, 2018: Inaugurates 16-man forestry advisory committee
June 8th, 2018: Inaugurates ward based development committee in Uhunwonde LGA.