Former Edo State Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Ken Imansuagbon, has called on all well-meaning Edo people to join and support Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki in his efforts in ensuring that the state is safe for all.
Imansuagbon, popularly known as ‘rice man’ who made the call Sunday evening, February 14th, 2021, on the occasion of him being honoured with the award of Most Viable Man in Edo State by the Edo Legacy Foundation, described the disturbing spate of insecurity across the country occasioned by the murderous activities of killer herdsmen as worrisome.
Represented at event by Hon Sylvester Ewanehi, former commissioner of Higher Education in the state, the PDP chieftain said, “As citizens, we must collaborate with the state government in ridding the state of criminal elements in our midst so that peace and development can strive.”
On the award given to him, Rice Man said, “I am extremely honored to receive such an important award today. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition. I am very sure that every other recipient equally deserves this prestigious award.
“Specifically, I want to say it is a great honour to be bestowed such honour alongside one of Africa’s greatest philanthropists and successful business icon, Sir (Chief) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion and other recipients.”
He poured encomium on the Edo Legacy Foundation, organisers of the award ceremony saying, “It is a memorable day for me to be honoured as the Most Viable Man in Edo State courtesy of the Edo Legacy Foundation, a group made up of credible individuals whose verdict cannot be faulted.
“Infact, I agree to honour this invite as a result of the high rating that I give the organisers who have always exhibited act of honesty in all their award programmes. As you know today’s edition of the awards programme is the 17th in the series. This surely goes to show that the brains behind it are dedicated to the course of achieving brilliance in their endeavours.
“I must confess that the honour been bestowed on me today by Edo Legacy Foundation will go down in history as been the second time in less than ten years that they will accord me such a honour. I got a similar recognition from them some nine years ago.”
He added: “Apart from this award been a honour to me,. it is also a challenge for me to do much more. I cling on to this and with due respect I promise not to let the people down whenever the opportunity presents itself. I remain a promise keeper.
“My promise to organisations like Edo Legacy Foundation that are keen on establishing a stable and decent system is to accord them all the support and also establish an enabling environment that they need to keep on doing their good job.
“Edo Legacy Foundation’s idea of building a class of achievers that will take the state on the journey of good governance and accountability is well noted and shall be further deepened in due course.”
Some other high dignitaries honoured by the Edo Legacy Foundation on the occasion include High Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom; Honourable Peter Akpatasson, member representing Akoko Edo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and the Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Professor Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo.