Daily Champion (Lagos)

22 December 2009

Nigeria: Anniversary - Youths Hail Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo state has been given a pat on the back for evolving a new phase in democratic leadership of the state in his one year as the governor of the state.

Ososo Forum, a vanguard of youths for the development of the community in a message of congratulation to the governor on his first anniversary recently, said the socio-political and economic policies being currently pursued by the government of Comrade Oshiomole had returned the state on the path of progress, the group said the state was on the path towards reclaiming its lost glory as the 'Heart Beat of the Nation', where men and resources have never been in short supply in all walks of life.

The forum however said it is not unaware of the current challenges confronting the administration which may slow down the pace of development and innovations in the goals the governor set out to accomplish.

"We believe that with time, such inhibitions will naturally fizzle out," the group said. It also urged Comrade Oshiomole not to relent in his determination to move Edo State from its present doldrums to the state of their dream in line with his avowed principle of demystifying governance in Nigeria.

It also said "Permit us to say that our community, Ososo, occupies a vantage geographical position in the state as a major frontier with vast mineral resources as well as a natural terrain that offers opportunity for tourism development.

Indeed, Ososo is currently home to one of the most enviable centres of tourism in Nigeria which had attracted the attention of colonial administrations dating back to the 19th century."

They drew the attention of the governor to a purported decay which the centre had been subjected to, owing to neglect by successive administrations in the state, even as they recalled the attempt made the administration of erstwhile Military Administrator, Colonel Onuka to develop the tourism potential of Ososo into a world class status, but the effort was short-lived because of the sudden termination of that administration.

They decried what the described as perennial neglect of the community by successive administrations of the state, both in terms development of its tourism potentials and healthcare infrastructure, electricity, pipe-borne water, roads, among others.

They however wished the governor a fruitful tenure of office, and prayed that God bestows on him the wisdom to overcome the challenges in his quest to entrench good governance that will bequeath the dividends of democracy to the people of Edo State.

"To this effort, we pledge our unalloyed and unflinching support," they added.

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