The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has explained why Governor Godwin Obaseki, is yet to constitute his cabinet, saying the governor is still consulting widely with the grassroots.
He said the consultations and inputs from the grassroots will determine those who will become members of the much-awaited cabinet.
He noted that the governor would not impose commissioners on Edo people, adding that the process of picking cabinet members had begun and would be soon rounded off.
The Deputy Governor spoke on Sunday at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Benin while interacting with newsmen after taking part in the Father’s Day Celebration
He served as an altar boy during the well-attended service.
He said: “Governor Obaseki will not appoint people from Benin. He prefers that the people should play up the names of those that they feel should run the affairs of the state and when they bring the names in a couple of days, the cabinet will be formed.
“You can see that the process of getting the names (of likely cabinet members) has started from the grassroots.”
Shaibu also stated that serving as an altar boy, the fourth time he would do so, reminded him of his days as an altar boy in Barnawa, Kaduna State.
He said: “Today reminds us as fathers that we should play our roles in the society, not only at home but also in our workplaces.
“As a country, the President is the father of the nation. The 36 State Governors are fathers of the 36 states and they should act as fathers to the country and their states. When that is done, prosperity will abound.
“For chief executives of companies, they should act as fathers in their various establishments. The head of vulcanizers should act as a father, the head of tomato sellers should act as a father to them and the head.
“When we do that and stop playing negatively at home and in our workplaces, definitely Nigeria will be a better place. We should amplify the things that unite us and make positive statements at all times.
“As a father of the nation, as a father of the state, as a father of a company, if we refuse to make statements when we need to make statements, if refuse to take actions when we need to take actions, just know that you are running the country or the organization, as the case may be, to a state of instability.
“For all of us as fathers at home, we should play our roles just like Joseph did to protect Mary and little Jesus when he was born.”
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