Edo - Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Monday in Benin took the oath of office for a second term and pledged to rededicate himself to the development of the state.
The Chief Judge, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, administered the oath on the governor and the deputy governor, Dr Pius Odubu.
Oshiomhole further pledged to give tertiary education a big boost.
He also said he would ensure massive development of industries and attract direct foreign investments to the state that would ensure that the youths were gainfully employment.
The governor thanked the people of the state for their massive support at the July 14 governorship election, saying that he would not renege on his electioneering promises.
``I salute all co-contestants during the election whose roles have helped to deepen and strengthen democracy in our State.
``We continue to count on your support to take Edo State to the next level. I use this opportunity to invite all of you to join me to transform and reposition our dear State,’’ he said.
``I believe that it is very critical that we take full advantage of our renewed mandate to build a solid future without forgetting the past.
``We must realise that at the end of the day, it is our responsibility to leave lasting legacies that will continue to promote the general good.
``Our people deserve the best and must therefore not be treated as objects of manipulation, but as citizens that participate robustly in the politics of their communities to advance their interests.
``It is under such conditions that politics can throw up good leaders, democratic policies and programmes that would benefit our people,’’ he said.
Oshiomhole also lauded the roles played by the traditional rulers in the state as their goodwill, prayers and support before, during and after the July 14, elections were immeasurable.
He also paid tribute to his late wife, Clara, his assassinated principal private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde, and four journalists who died in his campaign trip.
Among the dignitaries present at the inauguration were former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, governors of Imo, Delta, Anambra, Ekiti, Osun, Rivers, Lagos and Ogun States
Others were business tycoon, Aliko Dangote, the National Chairman of the ACN, Bisi Akande, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Abdulwaheed Omar, a former Minister of Defence, retired Maj-Gen Godwin Abbe, and former Sen Daisy Danjuma, among others.