Wife of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Iara, yesterday celebrated with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Uhogua near Benin City as part of activities to mark her husband’s seventh year anniversary as governor.
Mrs. Oshiomhole, who got to the camp as early as 10:00am spent several hours with the IDPs, as she joined them in the several exciting games and other interesting activities organised for them.
Speaking to the displaced persons, she said: “It is my pleasure to be here with you. I am very happy to be back and to see you all again. As I promised the last time I was here, I promised to come back and to get to know the children a little bit better. Today is that day and that is exactly what we are doing. Our goal for today is just to have fun, talk with the children, play with the children and enjoy ourselves.
“We are here to celebrate my husband’s seventh anniversary in office,” assuring the displaced persons of Government’s continuous support and commitment to their welfare.
She said: “The government of Edo State is very aware of the circumstances that made you all leave your homes. We hope that soon, Nigeria will be safe all over so we can all return to our various homes.”
“However, while waiting for that day, the government of Edo State will do its best to make the camp a more enjoyable one for you.”
7th year anniversary: ‘We know those who don’t want Oshiomhole to finish well –Aide
Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Media Affairs, Mr. John Mayaki has identified those who he said are averse to the governor finishing well and strong in November 2016.
Mayaki who described the 7th year anniversary ceremony as symbolic called on well-meaning Edo people and Nigerians to support the Comrade Governor in his last leg of the journey, since “we are all involved in his success.”
Mayaki identified those who voluntarily violate law and order as primary culprits, saying such people do not wish the government finishing well and strong.
He said: “Those who intentionally violate traffic rules, block drainages and water ways and willfully damage the environment do not wish the government well. Chief among those who want this government to fail are those who are non-compliant to tax remission, those who sell their wares along major roads and streets instead of the markets and those who park illegally, drive dangerously and beat up enforcement officials. These people do not wish this government finishing strong.”
He added: “There is no doubt that Oshiomhole’s testimonial is a sing-song in every nook and cranny of Edo State because he started well. We must know that it’s not how Governor Oshiomhole started that matters but how he finishes. The man who finishes strong is termed exception because, when it comes to finishing strong, the odds are against you. It’s going to take some tough policy decisions and choices from the Governor and he needs our support.”
“However, one must quickly put in perspective that finishing strong does not mean finishing unblemished. Finishing strong does not mean finishing perfect. That is impossible. Finishing strong is tough. It’s not for everyone because it’s not easy. The Comrade Governor knows where the finishing line is. Since the finishing line is at sight, he is more focused now to block out everything else and concentrates fully and completely on the tape. His eye is on the mark and that’s what will enable him to blot out the pain and exhaustion and finish strong.
“Comrade is gifted with very impressive strengths. He sure will survive the ambushes because to finish strong means that you survived the ambushes from those characters I have earlier enumerated. These ambushes among others have been anticipated and I congratulate the Comrade Governor for being on the path to finishing strong and well,” Mayaki said.