Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says his administration will engage residents and private organisations in securing the people’s lives, property and in driving its urban regeneration initiative in 2021.
The governor, who said this on Friday in Benin in his New Year broadcast, said that he was initiating deep-rooted reforms in the state to engender sustainable development.
He said that he would reposition government institutions to enable them to serve the people better.
The governor called on the people to always give thanks to the God Almighty, as stipulated in the Holy Scriptures.
“As we begin a new year under difficult circumstances, we must realise that tough times don’t last forever. Let us see the opportunities in this adversity and continue to preach love and hope in this new year,” he said.
He reminded the people that COVID-19 was still raging and called on them to follow all the precautionary public health and safety guidelines.
Obaseki said that in keeping with his promise to put in place a 30-year master plan for the development of Edo, the government had engaged some experts to begin the process of designing the urban and regional development master plan.
“I will be launching Project Clean and Green Edo this year. This project will involve residents’ and corporate participation in beautification and planting of trees, particularly in urban areas,’’ he said.
The governor, however, noted that the escape of nearly 2,000 prisoners from correctional centres had compounded the security situation in the state.
“We are building a robust security system to deal with the peculiar challenges that we now face,” he said.
He also said that his administration would be launching “Operation Know Your Neighbour” campaign, where residents would be requested to provide information on the identities of their neighbours.