Edo PDP goofs, modular refinery, Gelegele seaport, Benin Industrial Park on course, says Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has denied visiting 72 countries in one year.
The governor, through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, was reacting to the allegation made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He said that it was laughable for the Edo State PDP to embark on a cheap blackmail.
His words: “It is laughable for the dying Edo PDP, perhaps bereft of quality ideas to resort to bogus claims and lies that the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has travelled to 72 countries in one year.
“But how possible is that by the way? The ailing party also tried to question the status of the ongoing Benin Industrial Park project, the Gelegele Seaport and the modular refinery projects.
“We understand that these projects are way beyond the capacity of Edo PDP to even imagine as they lack the knowledge and the global contacts to make the gigantic projects happen in a state like Edo, which they ruined and turned into a civil servants’ state.”
Obaseki, however, assured that the projects were on course, stressing that the Memoranda of Understanding signed with the respective partners were in line with best business practice.
The governor said that the state government would not be swayed by a gang of street dancers and bandits.
“We have our eyes on the ball of progress and prosperity for all Edo people and residents. The signs are clear, every step we take is measured and if there is anything Obaseki has in abundance, it is business ideas and strategies to realise them, without making a show of it,” he said.
He further alleged that the
Edo PDP was peopled by those unqualified to manage even a small kiosk, stressing that they (PDP) were in awe about the ease with which Obaseki has kicked off gigantic projects which they could not even imagined was possible to achieve.
Contributing, Osagie said that the efforts of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to put the state on the world map as one of the fastest growing industrial hubs in Africa were yielding results.
He said that the Chinese consortium comprising Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company and Sinopec Oil and Gas Nigeria, handling the construction of a 5,500 barrels-per-day (bpd) modular refinery, has started preliminary work and has given end of 2018, as deadline for the completion of the first phase of the project, a 500bpd facility.
The phase two of the modular refinery, he said, has a capacity of 5000bpd and would be embarked upon after completion of the first phase.
Osagie also disclosed that the construction of the Benin Industrial Park has since commenced with the ground-breaking ceremony done by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, last year, while land preparation was already in progress.
“The Gelegele Seaport project: Contrary to the fears expressed by many stakeholders over the capacity of any state government to realise the Gelegele Seaport project, the Obaseki administration has defied all the barriers and China Habour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, the experts engaged by the Edo State government, for the construction of the Gelegele Seaport project has commenced preliminary work. The senior officials of the company arrived Benin City last Tuesday to commence preliminary development amid fanfare in Gelegele community,” he said.