24 December 2012

Nigeria: Govenor Urges Politicians to Fulfil Electoral Promises

Gov Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Monday advised politicians against seeing their foray into politics as a means of enriching themselves, but as an avenue to serve the people.

The governor made the remark at Jattu, Etsako West local government area of Edo while inaugurating a market built by a state legislator, Philip Shuaibu.

Gov. Oshiomhole said the society would be better off if political office holders fulfilled their electoral promises.

According to the governor, campaign promises are like bond between the governed and the politicians, which must be honoured.

He expressed regret that some desperate politicians made so many promises during electioneering campaign, and thereafter alienated themselves from the people after securing the mandate.

The former labour president described such an act as a great challenge to the nation's democracy, and called on politicians to jettison such deceitful act.

Oshiohole said: "While we are happy that we have done well by keeping to the promise of transforming the state, we acknowledge that more still need to be done.

"And we are now better positioned to do more in our second term in office."

Oshiomhole, who promised to build more roads, schools, hospitals, and to complete other ongoing projects, said that the property law recently signed into law by the government would not impoverish the people.

"The aim of this new law is to take from the rich, to develop the state, and not take more from the poor, as being peddled by some persons.

"We must build a state where children of the poor will have a bright future, and we can only do this by providing quality education, among others."

The governor commended the lawmaker for embarking on the construction of projects that impacted positively on the lives of his constituents.

Earlier, the lawmaker, who is the majority leader in the state's House of Assembly, said he was inspired by the vision of the governor to transform the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market, which costs more than N17million, has 42 lock-up shops and open stores.

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