Why I’m yet to appoint Commissioners —Obaseki

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By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, yesterday, gave reasons why he is yet to appoint Commissioners and Special Advisers, saying that he needed to sanitize the ministries and set up a template with which would be commissioners would work.

The governor disclosed that he would send the list of commissioner nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation in the next one week, adding that any commissioner who failed to perform according to expectations would be dropped immediately.

Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki

Obaseki stated this when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Edo State, led by its chairman, Rowland Osakwe, paid him a courtesy visit.

According to him, “A lot has been said about me not appointing commissioners and so many other issues. But the truth is that I decided to run for governorship at this time when things are so difficult because I believe that I can impact on the lives of our people. I have looked at the situation and said we must stop wastages and manage our resources in a manner that it will benefit the people.

“In doing that, we needed to plan and say this is what we want from each of the ministries so that when a commissioner comes in, he will work according to the plans on ground. We are going to have a Government House in the 18 local government areas. That is why we are appointing special assistants in the 192 wards of the state so that every part of Edo State will feel the impact of government.

“That is why we are holding workshops in different sectors of the state and the reports of these workshops will be implemented. The reports are what the commissioners will implement and any one that does not work as expected will be removed.”

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