By Osahon Osahon
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has warned political appointees in the State against looting public funds or risk going to jail.
The Governor gave the warning during the weekend at an on-boarding programme for 73 political appointees at the John Odigie-Oyegun Staff Training Centre, Benin City.
He noted that government is not about making money, but delivering services to the people.
“Politics is not about sharing money but sharing opportunities as our focus and emphasis is getting opportunities to the people and creating the enabling environment for the people to express themselves.
“Any political appointee who keeps their family abroad and wants to loot the system will be punished as it is not right.
“This government is not about making money but delivering services to Edo people. We are one party and the responsibility is to build our party, encouraging people to join us; they will only join us only when there are benefits.
“You are the new breed in our politics and need to help us unify the party. We don’t want opposition within the party. We must all work together, ensuring peace, unity and development in the party,” the Governor stated.
He urged the newly sworn-in political aides to remain committed to their duties, ensuring effective and efficient service delivery to the Edo people, even as he urged them to support the government in the realization of its Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) Agenda, contributing effectively to the development of their communities and Edo State.
According to him, “The government that we run now is one that needs to succeed and provide services to the people, not to any godfather.
“We must deliver socially, politically and economically to Edo people. We will evaluate you every three months and those that perform below expectation will be shown the way out.”
In his remark to the appointees, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta stated, “Your appointment was due to your contribution to the government and it is an opportunity to serve Edo people.”