The Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State

The Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has decried the level of degradation and underdevelopment in the Niger Delta region, despite the fact of its economic importance to the country.

He said Edo was on a mission to changing the current situation in the region with an articulate long-term development framework that provided a sustainable pathway to economic progress.

The governor stated this when the Executive of the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), presented him an award at the Government House, Benin.

The award was for his emerging winner of the 7th Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) competition. The governor advocated the judicious use of resources in the region to
drive socioeconomic development.

Obaseki said part of the challenges faced by the South-South was defining well-articulated and implementable development agenda.

He noted: “a lot has been done in the region over the years but they have not translated to meaningful development to benefit our people. “The region remains one of the least developed in the country when you review what we earn.”

The governor attributed the failure of development in the region to lack of planning and said that the right thing should be done.

Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

He noted that without a well-thought-out physical, economic and social development master plans that were implementable, it would be difficult for the state to get out of its developmental problems.

“I want to assure you that Edo is investing a lot in planning to change the narrative of the state,” he said. According to him, the challenge various governments have today is the
inability to get things done.

“As a government, we are going to put in place systems, processes and
procedures. “This is to ensure that public officers, members of the public and
Civil Society Organisations will understand what to do, how to do it and when to do it.

“This will enable us to get to our destination,” he added. Obaseki explained that his administration’s development blueprint was built on six key pillars: reforms of government institutions, education, the economic revolution, environmental sustainability and
tourism.

The Partnership and Engagement Manager for PIND, Chime Asonye, said they were at the Edo Government House to present the state with an award won at the 7th NDDF.
Asonye said Edo was the state with the best governance framework on long term planning in the Niger Delta region.