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Edo Guber: Sylvester Akhaine Slams Candidates For Shallow Clear-cut On Governance

A former aspirant for the 2024 Edo gubernatorial election, Prof. Sylvester Akhaine, has expressed disappointment over the failure of the vying candidates to drive their campaigns with how to solve the state’s challenges.

Akhaine, who contested in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, expressed the disappointment in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Benin.


He regretted that the campaigns had been devoid of substance, with candidates focusing on rhetoric rather than presenting tangible solutions to the state’s challenges.

According to him, Edo has suffered years of infrastructure deficit as a result of a self-serving crop of leaders that had governed the state.

“Today, the landscape of Edo State is visibly underlined by infrastructural deficit and the absence of basic social facilities.

“The condition of schools is damnable to the extent that only an insignificant number of staff is on the government payroll.

“Others are hired by development associations and old boys associations. Education budgets are among the lowest in the country.

“Indeed, this reality contradicts claims by successive governments to the effect of having addressed them with billions of our hard-earned resources,” the professor said.

The APC chieftain, who also decried the security situation in the state, said the state needed a new government bold enough to invest in infrastructure and education.

“Whoever wishes to govern the state must pre-occupy him/herself with the issues outlined above.

“The aspirant must explain the issues clearly to our people, including how resources will be mobilised to solve the problems beyond the monthly allocation from the central pool.

“We need a government bold enough to invest in infrastructure and education.

“We need policies and programmes that are meaningful to the ordinary people, not social media figures and propaganda,” Odion-Akhaine said.

He added that in comparative and relative terms  Edo State could not be ranked as a leader in any notable sector of socio-economic activities due to neglect by successive governments. (NAN)

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