Governor Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, commissioned a new 8.5-kilometre Uhen-Olumoye road in Ovia North East, in continuation of delivering people-oriented projects to the people of Edo State.
Speaking during the commissioning of the road which is in the Local Government Area of former Governor of the State, Mr. Lucky Igbinedion, Oshiomhole said the road is a reward to the people of the community for putting their trust in him.
He said: “If you had not voted for me, I wouldn’t have become governor, and if I had not become governor, I wouldn’t have been able to construct this road. And the money I used for constructing this road is not from me, but from you. This work is the result of your trust.
He continued, “Anything that is within my power to do for you, I will like to do because that is the only way to reward you for your trust in me. This road is part of the debts I’m paying back, and by the special grace of God, it is not only this road. I have already told my people that for the electricity issue, I will give them more money. I will make sure that before the end of next week, they will install light.
Oshiomhole added: “the only thing I want to reveal is that the man our party, APC, has chosen to continue from where I will stop, to start part two is not a stranger in governance. The day we held the state executive council meeting where we took the decision to construct this road, he was there in the meeting because he is the chairman of the economic team.
“So, there is nothing we do that he doesn’t know about. He knows where we want to go and where we are at the moment. He also knows what is remaining and he knows how to do what is remaining. That is why we say we want to consolidate on what we have done and we want to go to the next level.
“So, I want to promise you that Godwin Obaseki will even do better because he doesn’t have to learn the work again. After we have worked for eight years, I will withdraw and he will take over. I have no fear about that. And I promise you that APC will do more. Even if I am sleeping, I know that Obaseki will do well.”
He took a swipe at Igbinedion for collecting N5 billion for a dual-carriage Okada road, which was not done, saying the Uhen-Olumoye road is a testimony to what a focused government can do.
In a welcome address delivered on behalf of the community, Hon. Bright Osayande, member, Edo State House of Assembly said, “In all the years of PDP governance in Edo State, Olumoye village was practically inaccessible.
“The only road that links Olumoye to other villages was in such a deplorable condition that even the PDP campaign teams would constantly expunge the village from the list of her campaign targets.
“As expected of a government that is masses-driven, the Oshiomhole-led administration took the bull by the horn and constructed the road to modern standard. The people of Olumoye are deeply grateful.
On his part, the governorship candidate of the APC, Mr. Godwin Obaseki promised to do more for the people of Ovia North East when he emerges Governor on November 12.
He said: “My Comrade Governor, I thank you very much on behalf of our people in Ovia. Before you came, we did not know this was possible. Look at the road you have given us, and you are not from Ovia. By the grace of God and by the power of our people, when I become governor, November 12, I don’t have a choice but to do more for our people.
“We still need water, and that will be my responsibility. We still need to energize our electricity more. That will be my responsibility, but above all, to empower our young people here. And that will be responsibility.”
Obaseki added, “So, what we are doing this evening is to thank you on behalf of our people in Ovia and to assure you and my people from Ovia that this development we have started will not end with you. By the grace of God, we will extend what you have started.September 28th is the date; let us vote APC so that what we have started can continue.”
The APC campaign team was also at Iguomon community in Ovia North East, where Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Mr. Godwin Obaseki addressed the Yoruba community, and the representative of Alhaji Rasheed Ishola, head of Yoruba community in Edo State declared their support for Godwin Obaseki ahead of the September 28th governorship election in the State.