The socio-cultural group Edo Women in Diaspora has emphasized the urgent need for a governor capable of addressing the multi-dimensional poverty faced by the citizens of the state.
Speaking during an interview in Abuja on Sunday, the group's convener, Roseline Odiye, highlighted the pressing issues of poverty, education, road infrastructure, access to capital, and basic healthcare in the state.
Odiye lamented that less than four per cent of the roads in the state are in a motorable condition, underscoring the need for immediate intervention in these areas.
Odiye, therefore, advised indigenes and residents of the state to ensure that the forthcoming governorship election was used to right all the wrongs.
She said, “It is time for us to be wise. We can’t afford to make another mistake; once bitten, twice shy. At this time, we need a God-sent person as governor; someone who is willing and ready to take up the mantle and work for the people.
“We need someone who will see the governorship position as a call to service and not an occupation. We need someone who will wipe out the multi-dimensional poverty in the state; someone who can attract foreign investors to the state and govern on and govern real.
“Edo is in dire need of a governor who believes that our dear state is one and unites the already fragmented people. We are tired of electing hungry people; we are tired of electing men with intellectual deficiency. We can’t afford to do this anymore.’’
Odiye, who used the opportunity to canvass support for the immediate past Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said that his antecedents and records as a former minister and commissioner should be considered.
“We truly desire a man like Agba who, as a minister, attracted many projects across the 18 council areas of the state. We believe that his TRUST agenda will open up rural and urban spaces together,” she said.