The new Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki says his government is poised to serve the people of the State, explaining that any one who is in government must be ready to serve his people.
Speaking at a luncheon held in his honour at the Government House, Benin City, Saturday, shortly after his inauguration as the Governor of Edo State, Governor Obaseki said, “I said I am truly blessed because I come from a very large family, a family that is committed and dedicated to public service because growing up, they told us when you decide to work in government, it means you want to serve.
“If you are in government, you must be in government to serve. If you want to make money, go to the private sector. Government is not where you make money.”
He continued, “So, I want to thank my family for those abiding values which they instilled in us. When I left the stadium, I went to see my daddy, Justice Otutu Obaseki to tell him that I had been sworn in, and he reiterated it: my son, I sent you to go and serve. Go and help the Oba to repair our kingdom. Those were his instructions, and that I will do.”
Finally, Governor Obaseki said, “For all of you who have travelled far and wide, for all our friends who came in to the stadium this afternoon to witness our inauguration, Philip and I will like to thank you. Our doors will be wide open. We will be reachable. We will work with you and for you. By the grace of God, after four years, Edo will not be the same again.”
Also speaking, the former military head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) said, “I know that these young people are looking up to you up there to do whatever you can for their future, and invest in their future because they are the ones we hope will one day be able to take over from you and to build a better country or state than we are at the moment.”
Gowon noted, “So, I must say I really appreciate your focus. You have the best idea of having planning not only for today but also for the future. I am so impressed because that was what my government was trying to do for Nigeria, to plan for the future and to have concrete plans and to try to carry them through, and successfully to the end for the good of the country. This is what I see you are doing here.
“Honestly, all that I can say is to wish you well, and to say, well done.”
The luncheon was attended by a large number of people from within and outside the state, including government functionaries, relatives, party members, friends and well wishers.