Palliatives: FG must encourage positive criticisms — Edo govt

EDO State government has expressed displeasure over the recent statement credited to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammed Idris, on Governor Godwin Obaseki’s comments regarding Federal Government’s handling of the resultant effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.

The government in a statement by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, said:  ”It is unfortunate and sad that the Federal Government now wants to gag citizens and even a popularly elected governor from speaking truth to power and expressing himself in the light of the perilous times we have fallen into.

”This action of the minister is reminiscent of what happened in 2021 when Governor Obaseki raised the alarm over the irregular and illegal printing of money by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria.

”The claim that Governor Godwin Obaseki failed to attend the National Economic Council, NEC, meetings is blatantly false. The governor has attended all NEC meetings since the onset of this administration and records are there to prove this fact.

”Records of Edo State government’s performance are also available for Nigerians to verify. Our reforms in the education sector, especially the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation, EdoBEST, programme has been hailed globally.

”In the agriculture sector, Edo State Oil Palm Programme, ESOPP, is currently one of Africa’s largest agricultural programmes. Our radical reforms in the civil and public service, with the government’s e-government and capacity enhancement initiatives, as well as the development of a valid and effective social register, to mention but a few,are also areas the state has done well.

”The area where the minister may be referring to as non-performance should be the condition of the extensive federal roads running through the state, which the federal government has abandoned and even prevented us from intervening to repair, claiming contracts for their repairs have been awarded.

”Isn’t it rather unfortunate that the minister in his first outing has taken this untoward route when he ought to be reconciliatory and seek to synergise ideas and opinions on how best to carry the country along in this difficult and trying times that we have found ourselves?”

 

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