By Tunde Rahman
Governor Adams Oshiomhole aka Osho Baba has been doing wonderfully well in office. The other day, while on a campaign trail with his anointed candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the governor said he had approved the release of N120 million to women cooperative societies in Edo State. He also said more lucrative things were underway for women in the state. And last week, in a political masterstroke of sort, Oshiomhole’s ally, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, stepped down as Speaker of the state’s Assembly in order to allow his deputy, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, assume leadership of the House to ensure equitable distribution of offices among the three senatorial districts in the state. Mrs. Ativie then settled for the position of Deputy Speaker.
Many within and outside Edo are of the view that Oshiomhole has done noble as governor of the state. Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who was appointed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to head a committee to reconcile Oshiomhole and his deputy Dr. Pius Odubu, said the other day that he thought only Brigadier Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd) had done more than any other governor, military or civilian, in the history of the state, until Ogbemudia himself openly admitted that Oshiomhole had surpassed his record in office.
Now, as he winds down in office, will someone tell the Comrade-Governor to pay pensioners in the state who are suffering and dying daily as a result of hunger and starvation. The pensioners are demanding their gratuities and pension arrears of between 10 and 42 months. They also want Governor Oshiomhole to constitute the state’s Pensions Board. Not less than 500 of them took to the streets last week in Benin demanding their pay. They retired from the service of Edo State Government between 2013 and 2016 and they at present wallowing in penury.
*Rahman, former Editor Thisday on Sunday, is Managing Editor of Western Post. You can follow him on twitter @tunderahmanu