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Obaseki outlaws private tax collectors, assures on economic recovery

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has announced the prohibition of the activities of private tax collectors in the state.
This is coming just as Obaseki also gave assurance in his new year broadcast to the state on Sunday in Benin that the economy of the state will soon rebound to the path of progress.
The governor said he would never betray the confidence reposed in him by the peopl of tjhe state who electied him as their governor last year.
“ I would like to use the occasion to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to you for overwhelmingly entrusting me with the responsibility to take charge and to steer the socio-economic and political destiny of our beloved state in the next four years.
“ I am aware of the enormity of the trust and confidence you have reposed in me and by the grace of God Almighty, I will meet your expectations,’’ he said.
Obaseki, who reviewed the socio-economic activities of 2016 and concluded that it was indeed harsh, however, exuded confidence that 2017 would be better for the people of the state.
“As we reflect on 2016, we have every reason to be thankful to God Almighty for preserving us and our country; 2016 was a year of challenges, difficulties, excitements and opportunities.
“Undoubtedly, the economic recession unleashed unprecedented difficulties on individuals, families and communities as no aspect of our economic and social life was spared the severe economic hardship.
“Because of the drop in the price of crude oil and the vandalism of pipelines; we saw the value of our currency decline significantly.
“We also saw industries and businesses shut down while people lost their jobs, the level of unemployment has continued to rise; all these have thus led to increase in crime and poverty in the land.
“In spite of the difficulties and gloom, 2016 nonetheless experienced some bright moments for us in Edo state for which we are grateful to the Almighty,’’ Obaseki said.
He said Edo people remained the most fortunate in the out-gone year with the coronation of Oba Ewaure and his own election as governor of the state.

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