By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
BENIN CITY —Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shaibu, has tasked Afenmai and other Edo people in Diaspora to key into the agenda of developing Afenmai land, even as he identified unity as a panacea for defeating insecurity and poverty confronting the area.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ebomiana Musa, the deputy governor, while addressing delegates at the 10th annual convention of Afenmai World, said: “Formal governance can be left for government, but the task of developing Afenmai land is a job for all, it cannot be left for those in government alone. You must engage us more, challenge us to more, but also join hands with us to make Afenmai Land a better place.”
Speaking at the convention in Los Angeles, California, USA, the deputy governor highlighted Godwin Obaseki agenda for the holistic development of Edo State.
According to him, Afenmai land needs community banks, while villages need vigilantes that could be inspired and support by all.
He said that farmers and traders needed support to keep hunger away from the land, emphasizing that “Used laptops in our garages and forgotten desktops in your office store are needed in some of our village schools.”
He said that Governor Obaseki was committed to the infrastructural transformation of the state, adding the current administration was poised to turning Edo State into an industrial hub that will stimulate employment generation and wealth creation for the economic prosperity of the people.