Abuja - Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, inaugurated an Interim Management Committee to reposition the state-owned Bendel Insurance Football Club and restore its lost glory.
Speaking at the inauguration of the committee in Benin City, Oshiomhole said, “I think that even my worst critic will agree that we have made some progress in the area of infrastructure particularly in education, roads, job creation, rural and urban electrification, and provision of water even in the most difficult terrain.
"We made some investments in sports, the new look Ogbemudia Stadium, and several other things we have done. But the area in which I cannot claim to have done so much or that we have achieved anything significant is in the area of repositioning Bendel Insurance.
"Not because I do not appreciate the team or because I do not love football, I am fanatical about football, yet I am not able to demonstrate this passion in terms of getting Bendel Insurance to the top where it was before.”
He urged the committee to rebuild the club “from scratch.”
“Help us to rebuild a complete new team whatever we can do we will do within our limited resources,” Oshiomhole said.
The Governor disclosed that government had tried some approaches which have not worked.
“We have been troubled by the situation in Bendel Insurance and I know that just throwing money at a problem does not solve the problem.”
The Chairman of the Committee and the Secretary to Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere said the committee would do all within its ability to refocus the team.
“We want to assure you that we know that the tenure of this Management team is limited, we would do all we can to live up to expectations and fulfill those terms of reference that you (governor) have outlined,” he said.
The Committee has three months to conclude its assignment.
– CAJ News