Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has said his government belongs to all Edo people and his administration would keep putting the people first in the development agenda of the state.
He revealed this when he welcomed executive members of the National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW) Edo State Chapter, led by Comrade Queen Obaghagie, who were on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Benin City.
Governor Godwin, who blasted the shunning of government institutions by successive leaders, reassured that Edo people will never stop being a priority of his government.
He added that he is deeply concerned about the future of Edo state.
His words, “As a government, we are not here to impress anybody or group of people but very concerned about the future of the state and its people.
“We will partner with some of the best institutions in the world to offer the best training around. It’s not another certificate-awarding institution but a place to enhance your life. Training and retraining is our focus.”
“We must do things differently and ensure that what we are investing in survives, hence avoiding a repeat of past mistakes. The equipment we brought to the press has been paid for and partially financed and needs to be run for sustainability.
“In 1968, that press was one of the best with state-of-the-art equipment but something went wrong; this must be fixed and all those involved should be held responsible. In 1968, we had less than 100 million people in this country but now it has doubled.
“The whole media space has changed, what I intend to do is to have a stand-alone press with quality and value so that we can print inside. I am looking at an opportunity where the press would be fully optimised and self-dependent, but we need to ensure sustainability. This will enable the press service the equipment and buy materials to ensure that what happened to The Nigerian Observer will not happen to the printing press.”
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