Edo: Community transmission alarming –Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed concern over the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Edo State. According to him, the recent upsurge suggests that the community spread of the virus is alarming. Obaseki, who spoke with journalists in Benin, gave an assurance that his government remained committed to containing the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting Edo people. He said: “The first case was reported on the 23rd of March 2020, it took 60 days to reach the first 100 cases. But it took 10 days to move from 100 to over…

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Edo 2020: Tension mounts in Edo councils over Obaseki’s 2nd term bid

Members of the legislative arm of Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State yesterday impeached the leader of the house, Mr. Ernest Egwemi, over alleged misconduct. Five elected councillors carried out the removal exercise. It was learnt that the councilors were summoned by the chairman of the council, Hon Peter Aguele, where he was alleged to have forced the lawmakers to remove the house leader. Aside the sacked Egwemi, Majority Leader of the council legislature, Mr. Israel Iyanobor, was also placed on suspension. New Telegraph gathered that the…

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Obaseki mourns Shagadi, Edo North APC leader

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed shock over the demise and passing of the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo North, Alhaji Usman Shagadi. In a statement, the governor noted that Alhaji Shagadi’s death was a personal loss, adding that he would be greatly missed by the APC family in Edo State. The governor, who mourned the death of the leader, said: “I received the news of the passing of Alhaji Usman Shagadi with a heavy heart. While working with him as the leader…

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COVID-19: Obaseki lauds health workers’ sacrifice, resilience amid pandem

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday hailed health workers on the frontlines of efforts to manage the spread of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the state, saying that their commitment, resilience and sacrifices are enviable and commendable. The governor said this in commemoration of this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, a day set aside yearly by the United Nations (UN) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as well as other UN organs to mark the safety and health of workers at work. He said: “We…

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Coronavirus: Five patients discharged in Edo, as govt urges strict compliance to directives

The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of five of the coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the state, after they tested negative twice for the virus, following their treatment at the state’s isolation centres. Governor Godwin Obaseki, in a statement, said: “I am pleased to announce that five of the confirmed cases in Edo State have now tested negative twice for COVID-19. They have thus been discharged. This bolsters our resolve to defeat this common enemy, as we roll out more measures to check the spread of COVID-19.” During a…

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Hoteliers sack workers in Benin

The ravaging novel Coronavirus disease has started taking toll on businesses in Benin, the Edo State capital, as some hotels, lounges and bars are closing down as a result of low patronage. This came just as the state government advised employers of labour in the state not to lay off staff, but rather explore human-faced measures to support workers who are at home due to the restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the virus. Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who made the appeal, said such measures were necessary…

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Obaseki harps on inclusive policy, assures citizens on health

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday said that the state government has prioritised policies to place women at the forefront of development policies and programmes, assuring them that health and gender mainstreaming are key drivers of his agenda. The governor spoke at the commemoration of this year’s International Day of Rural Women, marked every October 15, by the United Nations and its various organs. He said development policies in the state placed women at the heart of intervention, as women had been empowered in either driving some of his administration’s…

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Obaseki assures safe space for children as court jails paedophiles

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government will not relent in its effort at enforcing the Child Rights Law and protecting children from the vices of molesters in the state. The governor took the stand, as the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court in Benin sentenced six persons to various terms in prison, giving legal teeth to the governor’s campaign against paedophiles in the state. According to the governor, “We are committed to protecting our children and enforcing the Child Rights Law to ensure that children are not…

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Obaseki seeks official pardon for Ambrose Alli

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has had an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari over granting official pardon to former governor of Old Bendel State (now Edo and Delta States), late Prof. Ambrose Alli. The president had subsequently instructed the Attorney-General of Federation, Abubakar Malami, to begin the process. Obaseki disclosed this during a memorial service held in honour of the late governor at the Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, Emaudo, Ekpoma, at the weekend. He said he was optimistic that at the next meeting of the Council on Prerogative of Mercy,…

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Obaseki urges policy makers to focus on youths

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has charged policy makers on technology to focus on skills empowerment programmes that groom youths in specialised technical fields such as digital skills and core artisanal vocations to enable them to contribute to national development. The governor, who said this in commemoration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property marked every September 13, stressed the need for robust programmes to harness the energies of youths in the fourth industrial revolution, which thrives on the knowledge economy. He added: “Though a…

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