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Governorship aspirant decries Edo industrial slump

14 January 2016, 15:17

Edo - Edo State governorship hopeful and People’s Democratic Party member, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has pledged to resuscitate local industries if elected to power in elections anticipated for later this year.

He bemoaned that successive administrations had not managed to revitalise the regions status as an industrial hub back in the day.

“Before now, our dear State, Bendel, now Edo State was a beehive of economic and commercial activities. In fact, Bendel was the commercial capital of the then Mid-Western region under the ebullient leadership of Gen. Ogbemudia who was then Military Administrator,” said Iduoriyekemwen through his campaign team.

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“In the good old days, Edo contributed immensely to the overall economic development of our Country; state-owned agencies such as Bendel Insurance Company Limited, Edo Pharmaceuticals, Bendel Brewery, Okpila Cement Factory, Water Board, Bendel Line, Ekpoma Rice Farm and a host of other viable industries criss-crossed the length and breadth of our state.

The governorship hopeful said once thriving industries around Benin City, particularly, were a picture of dilapidation, decadence and degradation.

“Some of these supposed state-owned buildings have become safe haven for criminals and lunatics, others have become motor garages where indecent activities are comfortably perpetrated on a daily basis.”

Iduoriyekemwen bemoaned the declining education standards while beneficiaries were not enjoying their retirement benefits.

“These are Matthew Aigbubuenze Iduoriyekemwen's topmost priority when he becomes Executive Governor,” his campaign team said.

- CAJ News

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