A Speech Delivered by Mr. John Mayaki during the 3rd Edition of “The Roundtable Discussion” with Theme: Continuity for Consolidation on the 5th of September, 2016 at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre, Benin City
I most sincerely welcome you all to this 3rd edition of “The Roundtable” with Theme: Continuity for Consolidation under the Distinguished Chairmanship of the Rt. Honourable Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Dr. Justin Okonoboh with a revered and most respected father of the Day, Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom.
The first edition of The Roundtable has the Theme: The Media Practitioners’ View of Edo State under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole while the second was: The Matrix of Feedback Mechanism – Perspectives on Sectoral Achievements and Challenges (2008-2016).
From both outings, the participants just as the discussants were unanimous that Governor Adams Oshiomhole has performed creditably well and would be leaving great legacies in the sand of time.
However, the question that readily comes to mind is – where do we go from here – after the tenure of the performing Comrade Governor? Do we continue with progress or we allow the party that has never known progress to take us to regression?
Should we re-engage the gear to a higher speed due to the current economic realities across the globe or we resign to fate by engaging on the reverse mode – in which case, what happens to our red roofs, road construction, and channeling of drainage systems, prompt workers’ salaries and general workers welfare among other ongoing massive infrastructural works – if we change the change?
Today, therefore, we are gathered to see reasons why we must all, in unison, vote for Continuity on Saturday, so as to consolidate our present gains by giving mandate to Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu – leading the progressive continuity for a better and assured future for Edo State.
Today’s Roundtable promises to be robust just like the first and second and the ultimate beneficiaries would be the generality of Edo people, who would in turn vote APC’s Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu to continue where the Comrade Governor would draw the curtain.
The quality of discussants today, attests to the importance of our Theme – just as they are in good stead to better enlighten the electorates on the need for us to stand up as a people and collectively protect our rich culture and values while saying that the PDP does not represent who we are and what we believe – by harkening us back to the most shameful chapters of our history and appealing to the ugliest impulse of our society.
Let me, finally, register my sincere gratitude to the esteemed members of the press – my colleagues who have been most supportive of this initiative – The Roundtable. Their coverage of the 1st and 2nd outings was most impressive and salutary – as the impact was phenomenal. We expect this partnership to continue for our mutual good and sustainable development.
Thank you Comrade Governor, thank you Godwin Obaseki, thank you APC – you’ve all made up my mind for me!