Obaseki 100 days: What he hasn’t done
By Ehi Ekhator
I read with profound astonishment few articles flying around concerning the accomplishment of the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s 100 days in office. In a few ranges i concur, otherwise i thoroughly believe the accomplishment is over stressed.
The last article i read is from Gloria Adagbon who recorded 23 accomplishment of the governor. All things considered, how would we rate accomplishments?
Since the assumption of office, Obaseki has shown a few qualities to demonstrate that his government would intrigue. He, much the same as the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is setting down foundations that may conceivably end up being accomplishments later.
It is hard to really interpret setting up of committees as accomplishment which has not in any case influenced the general population. The following are few accomplishment recorded by Gloria.
1. 1. The inspection visit to Benin Technical College to find out its current situation and what should be done.
– I could recall that Obaseki went to Benin Technical College trying to discover what’s required for it’s restoration. In any case, Just as i can’t allude to Osinbajo’s visit to airport toilet as an accomplishment, it is out of line to Edo individuals to allude to a visit as an accomplishment since it has not influenced Edo individuals.
2. The Inspection to the Secretariat, the home of Edo civil service, where he read the riot act to civil servants to shape up in performance, cleanliness of their work environment and service delivery.
– This once more, can’t be called an accomplishment as it hasn’t done anything.
3. The setting up of the Gelegele Seaport Committee to make Gelegele an export processing zone
– No uncertainty, on the off chance that it comes to live, it will support businesses in the state. Be that as it may, setting up of a committee does not add up to accomplishment. We have in the past encountered a circumstance where government authorities launched projects that never observed the lights of day.
4. Governor Obaseki organised the agribusiness workshop where stakeholders in the agric sector mapped out strategies to revamp the sector.
– Gloria recorded the above as an accomplishment despite the fact that it is yet to transform the individuals who attended the workshop.
5. Obaseki visited the Oba of Benin to seek his support. This is a tradition in the state or in any state in Nigeria that a governor pays a visit to the traditional ruler. Everyone pays visit to the Oba of Benin and has nothing to do with campaign promises.
What has Obaseki truly done since his assumption?
1. The prohibition of tax collection by non state actors.
– The cessation on manual collection of taxes and the introduction of a tax waiver system of up to 50 percent for defaulting taxpayers.
The governor made a striking stride after accepting office to reduce the torment of the general population. Tax collectors had added agonies and suffering to the petty traders who had throughout the years cried about the abuse of the collectors. This move straightforwardly and emphatically influenced the general population.
Notwithstanding, a few people believe that the choice to stop the tax collectors well known as “agberos” was to rebuff an APC chieftain, Mr. Osakpanmwan Eriyo otherwise known as No-more-less who had a fallout with Edo State government.
Nomoreless is the State Youth Leader of the APC and Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN).
2. The criminalisation of the activities of Community Development Associations in the state.
– This was a call made by the Oba of Benin and bolstered by the Edo State government. The bill which is the government part is yet to be passed into law as at the time of writing this report.
The rebuilding and rehabilitation of schools in some communities in Edo State. Since we all believe in continuity, i commend the state governor for continuing where Adams Oshiomhole stopped.
4. The passing into law the Pension Bill that will organise the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme.
5. The rehabilitation of roads around the Benin metropolis. With good roads, businessmen and woman would find it easy to convey their goods and services to where it’s needed.
My position is not to undermine the exertion made by the state government, yet to call a spade a spade. I am certain that the governor is exceptionally encouraging and would make Edo individuals proud. However since he accepted office, he hasn’t done as hypothesized.
The governor is an organizer as he has set the ball rolling. Edo individuals can just implore that those Obaseki constitute into board would not get voracious or undermine his plans.
One area he may cross the wrong path is his failure to separate himself from his organization, Afrivest. There are as of now theories that the governor is granting contracts to his own organization which may place him in a compromising circumstance.
Indeed, myself and many others out there believe that the governor would execute as he promised and turn Edo State to a green land.