The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, says he is running a government that will ensure maximum benefit for a larger number of the people than distribute the funds to a few cronies.
He assured the people that his commitment to development would not wane. The governor made the pledge during the Alaghodaro Thanksgiving Service held at the Church of God Mission International (CGMI), Faith Arena, in Benin City. He added that his emergence as a governor was God’s wish.
His statement followed the endorsements of senior clergies in the state of the various reforms initiated by his administration in education, health, employment creation amongst others.
The endorsements came from the chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo State chapter, Bishop Oriname Oyonnude Kure; president, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude and the Archbishop of CGMI), Dr. Margaret Idahosa.
“I am here today because He (God) made a way. God made it possible for me to be the governor of Edo State and He has guided my every step along the way and in everything we have done since assumption of office,” Obaseki said.
The ceremony was part of the activities marking the second anniversary of his administration.
“At the start of my administration, I made a promise before God to set aside one Sunday every year to offer thanksgiving to Him for what he has achieved for us in Edo State,” Obaseki said.
The governor recalled that he resolved a long time ago to put people of Edo ahead in his policy formulation and governance.
“We wanted to take governance to the people. We wanted to leave a legacy for Edo people where they will see governance as not the exclusive preserve of a few people.
Restating his commitment to a government that prioritises the people above any other interest, he said, “as a government, we want to take government to our people; we don’t want to keep government in Government House, anymore. The government truly belongs to the people, whether churches, schools or social gatherings. We want to integrate the people more into what happens in government.
“So, when you talk about government, some people think it is just a few people who are on the protocol list. Thanks to Archbishop Margaret Idahosa for recognising that everyone here is part of our cabinet.”
He expressed appreciation to CAN for being a pillar of support in terms of prayers and admonition and drawing his administration’s attention to things that needed urgent attention.
Obaseki said that the choice of Church of God Mission as the venue for the thanksgiving was informed by the contributions of its founder, the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa to the pentecostal movement in the country.