GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said that the ultimate desire of his administration is to make Edo the most prosperous economy in the South-South within three years.
Obaseki said this on Thursday, December 8, night in Benin, capital city, at a seminar organised for permanent secretaries as well as leaders and stakeholders in the state.
He said that in another seven to 10 years, his desire was to position the state as the number one economy in the country. The governor said that in “15 to 20 years, we want to be the number one investment destination in the continent’’.
“To achieve this vision for the state, first class institutions capable of nurturing transformation policies must be built,’’ he said.
Obaseki emphasised on the need to deliver on infrastructure better than what was available in the Federal Capital Territory. “We must aim at generating revenue more than Lagos without putting an unbearable tax burden on our people. We must, therefore, aim at developing our institutions because, in the course of this workshop, we shall be working on six semantic areas, which are the key pillars of our goal for the state,” he said.
Obaseki said in the case of the economic revolution, the semantic group should focus on how the state would establish an investment bureau that could begin to attract world class investments.
He also said that focus should be on a strategic plan that could create a minimum of 200 jobs as well as many small scale and medium enterprise that would be sustainable.
Obaseki tasked other semantic groups on the expectations of government at the end of their three-day brain storming session, adding that their resolution would be the working document for developing the state.
He said that in view of this, the state government looked forward to a range of experts in the semantic areas expected to be covered.
Earlier, Samson Uwaifo, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, and chairman of the occasion, said that effective leadership called for a good decision.
Uwaifo described the retreat as a revolutionary approach to governance. He, therefore, urged the people not to misunderstand or abuse the dialogue platform as it was a sign that the governor was ready to serve with the best intention.
— Dec 19, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT