Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday expressed his commitment to sustain and advance politics that will be beneficial to the people of Edo State, saying only such can throw up good leaders and democratic policies in the interest of the people.
Oshiomhole spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital, yesterday at a colourful ceremony during his inauguration for a second term in office at the main bowl of the Dr Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
He said the challenges on ground when he took over in 2008 were enormous but added they were surmounted with hope and commitment.
The governor and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, were sworn in by the Edo State Chief Judge, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, and were shortly afterwards administered with the oath of office before the 20, 000 capacity crowd that had gathered at the stadium.
He said the scorecard of his administration was a clear demonstration that the state was working again against the thinking of cynics that development was impossible in the state, "Today, we are proud of our scorecard. With all sense of responsibility and humility, we make bold to say that we have comprehensively impacted the lives of our people in so short a time since the creation of this state. Within our limited resources and in spite of the financial deficits we inherited, we have touched communities and lives across the state.
"We are carrying out reforms in all sectors of governance and promoting a culture of respect for 'value-for-money" in all transactions, respect for public property, beautification of the capital city, modernization of local government headquarters, and promoting political and leadership responsibility and accountability. We have paid special attention to the transformation of the rural areas and the empowerment of women and the youth.
"The results of our efforts are clear and we have received commendations from within and beyond Nigeria. We have always believed that our people deserve the best and we are committed, as a government, to providing the best at all times for them. I can say without hesitation that the best is yet to come."