Elder statesman and two-time governor of defunct Midwest and Bendel States, Dr. Osaigbovo Ogbemudia has said that the simple agenda of the PDP candidate in the September governorship elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu answers the very many questions about Edo State.
Ogbemudia spoke at his private residence in Benin City when he chaired the interactive session of his group, the Edo Mass Movement, EMM, had with Ize-Iyamu at the weekend.
After listening to the PDP candidate espouse the meaning of his Simple Agenda as it affects security, infrastructure, manpower development, public-private-partnership and Employment and empowerment to the audience he said, “there is not going to be any question because he has covered all the areas we want to hear”.
Spokesperson of the EMM, Rtd.Col. Mathew Ebose however, advised Ize-Iyamu to focus his campaign on the grassroots because there lie voters who decide the direction of every election.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu had promised as part of his Health programmes on the Simple Agenda, to get the Edo State assembly to enact a new law which will make autopsies for the dead mandatory in the state.
He said the present situation whereby families and relatives bury the dead because the state government has not thought it wise to insist on autopsies before burial is unacceptable.
“We live in a state where the cause of death is often unknown unlike in Lagos State where the law requires that an autopsy must be carried out when someone dies”.
He said, “It is a law I will enact as governor of Edo State. And that law will ensure that whenever a person dies, an autopsy must be carried out so that the cause of death can be known”.
He said this is all the more necessary because of the recourse by many residents in Edo to borehole water owing to the failure of the present government to give them good water.
He said borehole water which is not treated or tested is now heavily consumed because the present government wilfully neglected the maintenance of the Ikpoba River and Ojirami dams as well as the many other water works across the state.
According to the governorship candidate, “what is more criminal is that the loan the state government took from the African Development Bank to buy water pipes for the expansion of the Benin City water network which were deposited at Ikpoba hill, were sold by the present government”.
Arguing that the proceeds of the sales cannot be found in state coffers, he said, “The government has now made it impossible for Edo people to have potable water in the next generation- we have a generation which knows only about borehole water”.
Ize-Iyamu also told the session that he will establish an Edo State Employment Bureau to document the unemployed in the state, their qualifications and skills and ascertain where they will fit in as far as the job market is concerned.
He said one sector in which the Bureau is expected to facilitate jobs is security sector with his plan to expand the duties of vigilante groups in communities to stem the menace of herdsmen and reduce crimes as much as possible.
Other areas the Bureau will look at he said, are Agriculture, tourism, Sports and the Arts and Culture industry, an area he said, has suffered neglect and abandonment under the present administration in the state.