Governor Godwin Obaseki, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, said that proceeds from such properties would be ploughed into rehabilitating and reintegrating returnees.
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Obaseki, who received the names of the appointees at the Edo State Government House in Benin on Friday, thanked the committee for doing a great job within the stipulated time of three weeks given to them.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the governor said the state government in collaboration with partners had completed arrangements to set up a museum for the artefacts in the state
Obaseki said this when he addressed his supporters along Ring Road, Benin on Tuesday
The apex court in a judgement delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the Ize-Iyamu failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.
The judgement was delivered barely two months after the Elections Petitions Tribunal struck out the petition by the Action Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Iboi Lucky
Those adopted by the Governor include Favour Ofili, Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru and Raymond Ekevwo.
Eight unions, apart from the central body, had collectively declared war on Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai. The die was cast.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 13 governors are; Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
The governor stated this in Benin at a news conference to provide an update on COVID-19 response in the state.
Obaseki made the appeal on Monday in Benin during a meeting with the Edo State Transmission Committee.
Taking a position on the issue after receiving presentations from the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the National Economic Council during its fourth 2021 meeting held on Thursday unanimously described the claim as reported in the media as “outrightly false.”
At a recent programme in Benin, Obaseki had raised the alarm that oil revenue was shrinking and this made the government to print about N60 billion to augment allocation shared to states in March this year. He also wondered at the increasing debt burden hanging over the nation.
Describing the governor’s claim as very sad, the minister explained that the money being shared monthly at FAAC is revenue generated.
Why are we in trouble? Obaseki adduced a reason that it is because the country is enmeshed deeply in a financial quagmire. According to him, Nigeria’s oil marketers should not celebrate the increase in the price of crude oil, especially in the international market, for the expected benefits could be illusional. He noted that major oil companies in Nigeria such as Shell and Chevron are no longer investing in oil exploration.
He said Obaseki, in making the unsubstantiated claim, did not exhibit decorum or restraint as expected of a leader in his position, nor was he circumspect enough to consider the implications and possible effects of such assertions.
Emphasising that despite the prices of crude at the international market, the current fortunes of crude is only a mirage and the Nigerian economy could no longer rely on oil revenue
Obaseki said this in his address at Tuesday’s opening ceremony of the festival, tagged: “Edo 2020.”
The Justice Yunusa Musa-led three-member tribunal on Monday dismissed all the petitions brought before it challenging victory of Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Governor made a final financial commitment for the adoption of the UK-based athlete after a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in Benin last Friday.