Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Thursday, sworn over 200 (Two hundred) Senior Assistants (SA) and Senior Special Assistants (SSA), charging them to be accessible to the general public in their respective wards, local governments and to also be his representative.
In his speech, Obaseki threatened to, without hesitation, sack anyone found incompetent, corrupt or sabotaging his government, stressing that his government has zero tolerance for corruption and incompetence.
He disclosed that his government is people-focused and all the programmes and policies of the government are geared toward serving the people, hence they must follow suit.
“We are a people-focused government and your actions must portray this. All our programmes and policies are geared towards serving our people. The style through which we are governing Edo is a departure from the past and many people are struggling to understand where we are today.
“You’ve been called to serve and not to enrich yourselves. This our government has zero tolerance for corruption and incompetence. If you are found culpable of corruption, abandonment of your duties, incompetence and sabotaging our government, we will not hesitate in relieving the person of his position”, he noted.
The governor said he did not influence any of the appointment, saying party executives in various wards, local governments made them hence they must be answerable and responsible to them.
Accroding to him, his government is opening Edo to the whole world where the god-given resources would be fully utilised and where dividence of democracy would be taken to the uttermost grassroot.
He noted, “We must open Edo State; Edo cannot be restricted to few persons. The purpose of our government is to open Edo so that we can utilise all our god-given resources to their fullness. So, I encourage all of you that after today, as you go back to your various wards and local governments, you must build the pot of our people .
“Our aim is to go to the grassroot and deliver the dividence of good governance to them. I want to hear from you report about your various wards and local governments; I want to know the challenges our people are facing”, he concluded.
Responding on behalf of other newly appointed SAs and SSAs, Mr. Ogie Ogedegbe, assured the governor of their full support, saying “we will not let you down.”
He noted that all the appointees are politicians of great experience and would all work in their respective wards and local government to make sure the governor win the party ticket and the forthcoming gobernosrhip election in the state.