Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Governor has promised to make efforts to rid the Heartbeat of the Nation of thugs and miscreants in a bid to make the state attractive to foreign investors.
Mr Obaseki, while receiving members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at the Government House recently in Benin City, said his administration will not hand over the state to unscrupulous elements.
He said, “Our role as a government is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state. If people are busy, they will not have time for trouble.
“We need to work together to ensure Edo State is free from miscreants and thugs,” the Governor told the transport union led by its National President, Mr Ibikunle Tajudeen, during the courtesy visit.
While maintaining that his administration would keep thugs off the streets in the state, Mr Obaseki said, “We are going to work, cooperate and collaborate with the union in flushing out thugs and miscreants who foment trouble in the state. We would work and ensure they don’t have space to operate in Edo State.”
The Governor commended the NURTW for its support for his administration’s reforms in revenue collection in motor parks across the state, adding, “Your union is one that is very important to the economic life of Edo State.”
“NURTW has been very active, vibrant and supportive. The union was very understanding and supportive in my administration’s reform and restructuring of the mode of revenue collection in motor parks across the state,” he added.
Earlier, the NURTW chief said the National Executives of the union are in the state to show support and identify with the state government’s reforms.
He said the NURTW will hold the state delegate conferences (election) scheduled for 23rd of October 2019 across the country except in Edo State due to a pending court case against the Union at the Appeal Court in Akure, noting, “The reconstitution of the Edo State Council of the NURTW will not hold at the delegate conference. Chief Odion Olaye will continue in office as chairman with his executives pending the determination of the case at the Appeal Court.”
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