By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has described the performance of the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as wasteful.
Oshiomhole challenged Ize-Iyamu, who was appointed as SSG during Mr. Lucky Igbinedion, to render his account of stewardship on how he impacted on the people while in office.
The Governor dropped the hint yesterday, when he granted audience to a cross section of market women from across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“I defeated the Peoples Democratic Party in all the wards and Local Governments in the last election conducted and that was due to the massive support from you Market Women. After the defeat, a man who claims to be a Pastor, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, insisted on being imposed on Edo People as the Governor. I refused, because I said, as former Chief of Staff to the state government, what did you do?” he queried, “What effort did you make in bringing development to Edo people? Did you give your people electricity? Did you give them water? Did you give them good roads? How did you influence the government in bringing development to even your constituencies? Did you bring hospital to the people?
“Even as Secretary to the State Government, I requested to know from him how he impacted on the government. All the money that came from Abuja during his tenure as SSG, he was first to receive, what did he do with it? How many markets did he build with it? Which erosion did he assist in controlling, even at a time when erosion was a threat to the people of the state?” he further asked.
Oshiomhole regretted that some are in politics and parade themselves as Servants of God to deceive many.
He assured the people of Edo State that he will not allow those that looted the state to now take over the helms of affair of the people saying that Edo people will decide who lead them when the time comes.
The market women coordinators from all the local governments ,who spoke during the solidarity visit, castigated four lawmakers in the state Assembly for selling the mandate freely given to them to the opposition party.
Leader of the group, Madam Blacky Omoregie said the state cannot afford to go back to the dark days when the state was backward.