Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government has destroyed the nation?s economy.
Speaking to a coalition of women from across the 18 Local Government areas of the state, led by Chief Evelyn Igbafe, who paid him a solidarity visit, Tuesday, Oshiomhole said, ?PDP has mismanaged the economy. You can all see that you need about N220 now to buy $1. When PDP took over power in 1999, $1 was between N60 and N65.
?They have destroyed the economy. After 16 years PDP cannot give light to Edo people and upon the darkness, they are using their might to collect what they call fixed charges from very poor people and because there is no light, the woman that has to grind pepper has to buy a generator; because there is no light, the woman that grinds cassava has to buy a generator; because there is no light, the woman who has to sell articles at night has to buy a generator.
Oshiomhole said, ?I like what the Benin leaders are saying. We cannot say this is what we have gained from the PDP and because we are working, they are very afraid. When I see the PDP Chairman of the State wearing multiple colors and talking and spend all his time abusing Oshiomhole, but fails to spend some minutes to say what the PDP has done in 10 years, I laugh.
?When you are going now, pass through the Central Hospital to see the beautiful work that is being done there. This is what is giving the PDP sleepless nights because all the evil plans they had against that hospital did not work. Before APC came, PDP asked students to pay school fees. We have stopped all of that. If you have two three children in school and you do not pay school fees for any of them, is that not extra savings? Under PDP, they were paying for schools that didn?t have roofs and chairs.?
Oshiomhole continued, ?So when they are trying to divert attention from the main issues, you should checkmate them. Now over the few weeks, when the PDP is not able to pay salaries in some state, we have started working on Queen Ede Erosion site, we have flagged off construction of 2nd East Circular road, we are working on another erosion site in Ekenhuan road, we are repairing Ihama Road and other roads in the G.R.A. as well as St Savior Road, Uwasota, Auchi Erosion Site and many others.
?There are still many things to be done because the damages done by PDP in ten years cannot be repaired in six years. I want to promise you that we will continue to do our best.?
On his re-appointment of Prince Ehioze Erediauwa as a member of Edo Stat Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission, Oshiomhole said, ?I have enjoyed uncommon generosity from His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin in terms of support, advice and prayers. He has been and will continue to be father of every Edo man and that has been demonstrated in the way he is admired across the shores of the nation.
?Let me use this opportunity to say that the appointment that we made to EDSOGPADEC was all based on merit. The one of Ehioze Erediauwa was not an exception. He was appointed and reappointed because when you have done well you are entitled to move on to the second level. He was a member of the board for the first time and I promised the Royal Majesty that given his outstanding performance as a member of the commission that when we are reconstituting, we will reappoint him because he has done well.
?For me all those who have what it takes to contribute to the progress of the state should be given such an opportunity. It is more also for someone like me who has enjoyed uncommon generosity from his royal majesty in terms of support, in terms of prayers, in terms of advice, he has been and will continue to be the father of every Edo man and woman and that he has demonstrated admirably?, he said.
Earlier the leader of the women coalition, Chief Evelyn Igbafe said they were in Government House to thank the governor for the re-appointment of Prince Ehioze Erediauwa, and assured the Governor of their continued support always.
They urged the Governor not to be distracted by the antics of the opposition party which always seeks to pull wool over the eyes of the people in order to deceive them saying, they are solidly behind the Governor always.
?We have come to encourage you that you should continue with your good works in Edo State, we appreciate your government and we want APC to continue the good work and we to assure you that APC is carry go?, she said.