Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Okpekpe Road Race scheduled to hold Saturday will afford him the opportunity to showcase his work in the rural part of the state to Nigerians, Africa and the world.
Oshiomhole said the race is not about profit and loss, but the opportunity it offers to him to participate in it and show that even at 61years, God gave him the gift of good health and fitness.
“For me, it’s not about profit and loss. It offers me the opportunity as a person, to show that at 61, there’s life and that one has the gift of good health and fitness.
“As a governor, it offers me the opportunity to take the world to the typical rural Edo. And this area is particularly important because this is one area that has been abandoned for years. And you couldn’t go there on motor cars. It was simply impossible because it is hilly and mountainous, but we have converted those hills to a very a beautiful scenario,” said the former labour leader.
Oshiomhole recalled that the last time the Guild of Editors visited him: "I told them, I was going to build a road there. To climb the hills was tough for them, but today, they have been levelled. And we now have in that part of the country the kind of scenes you find in California. So we are saying to Nigerians and foreigners that Nigeria is not all about Boko-Haram, 419, pension money being stolen, subsidy money being pocketed, that there is development going on in rural Nigeria, Edo state and that the quality of those roads are as good and even better than Federal highways," boasted the Edo chief executive.
He maintained that rural roads in Edo State were not inferior to Federal highways.
“These are things I am anxious to prove based on our principle of eye-mark, not ear-marked road, what we have. What we have done to justify the mandate that we have. And I think it is good for Nigeria because all people hear about Nigeria is the negative stories. Now, those who are coming from other Africa countries where rural area are not accessible, they will go back to find that small villages and hamlets in Nigeria can boast of super highways, well built roads complete with drainage channels, beautiful vegetation and those who want to take to large scale farming, they will see that we have land that does not require fertilizers to produce food and I think this is good for our image and for the rural people, seeing people coming from far and wide to rural villages, it reminds them that they are not inferior.
“So, it will give our rural people confidence and as a government that is the kind of setting we need to re-focus on other parts of rural area in Edo state,” he concluded.