Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki says his government has pursued reforms and programs over the past six years to expand the state’s economic base.

He said his government created the right environment to attract investment and ensure businesses prosper.

Governor Obaseki, speaking to reporters in Benin City, said the reforms had transformed Edo from a civil service state into a haven for foreign direct investment, attracting investments in manufacturing, real estate, agriculture, culture and education, among other sectors.

He said; “Through this, we are transitioning Edo from a state dominated by the civil service to one that is attracting manufacturing companies, commercial agriculture, service and technology companies, real estate, and various SMEs, among others.

“Through a combination of reforms in revenue collection and land management, we have reduced the excesses of non-state actors, which until now have caused untold hardship for the people. We have cleared touts from our roads. We are fighting against land grabbers so that there is common sense in public places, as well as transparency and certainty in land transactions.”

For plans for the New Year, the Governor said, “This year we will continue our emphasis on developing the capacity of our young population to find quality jobs in areas such as agriculture, health services and technology. Therefore, the Edo State College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, will receive its first batch of students before September this year, while the Edo State School of Health Technology will be rebuilt to meet global standards. , just as we did with our School of Nursing Sciences”.

NP/ Mercy Chukwudiebere