Benin - The Edo State Government on
Saturday declared Sept.27 and Sept.28 as public holidays to enable electorate
participate in the Sept 28 governorship election.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole announced the reprieve at a grand
reception organised by the organised labour union for him.
He said the holidays would enable workers travel to their
places of registration and participate in the voting exercise on Wednesday.
On the support given to him by labour, the governor
expressed delight in the constructive criticisms offered by the union in the
last eight years, adding that they helped in shaping his policies.
“In spite of their contestation sometimes, both parties have
always found a meeting point to bridge their differences,’’ he said.
He urged members of the union to extend same support to the
APC Governorship Candidate by voting enmasse for him on Sept 28.
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According to him, the APC governorship candidate, Mr Godwin
Obaseki has undergone tutelage in governance under the outgoing administration and
therefore fit to rule.
He said there was the need to reciprocate the union gesture,
adding that to do this, the union should ensure that Obaseki was returned as
He also said the State Civil Service had been upgraded,
adding that the migration to pension services was now smooth.
“ Retirees can now begin to access their pensions
immediately they retired and there is no need for tranches again,’’ he said.
The governor, however, advised the APC governorship
candidate not to abandon the workers if elected.