Edo State on Growth Path, Says Sterling Bank Chairman

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Asue Ighodalo

The success of the EdoBest Programme, revamp of primary healthcare centres statewide and creation of enabling environment and economic opportunities for citizens has placed Edo State on the path of growth with visible achievements in basic education, health and industrial sectors with the emergence of Alaghodaro Summit three years ago.

The Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc and Chairman of the Edo Investment Summit – Alaghodaro 2019, Mr. Asue Ighodalo, made this known while delivering his welcome address at the third edition of the summit with the theme: Delivering to Our People, The Next Level – in Benin,” Edo State.

A statement disclosed that at the summit which attracted captains of industry, Mr. Ighodalo said Edo State has been repositioned as an attractive investment destination in Nigeria.

“I therefore would like to commend Governor Godwin Obaseki’s foresight and vision in creating this platform. The opportunity created for cross-pollination of ideas between the private sector, public sector and other critical stakeholders has already begun to bear fruit, in moving Edo State forward.

“In the area of education, the EdoBest programme has received critical national and international acclaim. A record number of teachers are being taken through a deep dive, technology-enabled training program, and equipped with teaching tablets to facilitate access to 21st century teaching methodologies and resources, to prepare the children of Edo state for the learning of new skills, for a new world. In addition, we have seen schools renovated across the State, and the Government Science and Technology Colleges rejuvenated,” he added.

According to Ighodalo, the health sector in Edo State has seen both fiscal and execution commitments (through statutory allocations and the revamp of Primary Healthcare Centres statewide) because only healthy people can constitute a strong and reliable workforce.

He added that steps were also being taken for more ambitious projects like the Benin Industrial Park, the Benin River Port and Edo Modular Refinery Project which would further expand economic opportunities in Edo State.

Delivering his welcome address, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, said his administration has implemented far-reaching reforms and people-oriented policies that have changed the fortunes of the state and restored hope to the people.

He expressed gratitude to God for successes recorded and for engendering hope in the youths and people of Edo State by showing them pathways to fulfilling and successful lives.