The Edo State Government is yet to receive the $75 million World Bank loan recently approved by the Senate for the state, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has disclosed.
He made the disclosure Friday in Benin, the state capital during a Colloquium organised by the State Government to round off activities marking his 7th year in office.
Oshiomhole said the clarification became necessary to instil confidence in the people that the state government’s ability to pay salaries up to date was not based on the loan, but on prudent management of resources.
He, however, pointed out that it was not the business of government to do business.
“It is rather to create the enabling environment for citizens to make wealth so that government could collect taxes and develop the society”.
Gov. Oshiomhole stressed that government and governance were not value-free, adding that the way forward was to focus on continued development of every sector of the economy.
He also said government would strategize to ensure that workers earned their pay and give government value for pay.
Mr. Oshiomhole used the occasion of the colloquium to announce that the government was considering reintroducing the dissolved Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA) to help manage and control traffic in the state capital.
On aesthetics, he said the administration was looking at new approaches to ensure that sweeping of roads in the state capital becomes a permanent norm.
He said he recently approved money for the rebuilding and restoration of the water fountain at the Oba Ovoranmwen Square.
Earlier, a member of civil society group and discussant, Mr Austin Osakue, called on the governor to carry out a staff audit of the workforce in the state even as he advocated that government should embark on robust engagement of participatory system of governance.
Osakue noted that the governor, since the inception of his administration, was yet to use up 30 per cent of his capacity to encourage participatory system of administration.
He stressed that every sector of government should be included in a discussion that would ensure issues and challenges in the state were discussed with a view to finding a middle ground.
The moderator of the discussion, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), said the forum was to x-ray the present administration as well as use the opportunity to cross fertilise ideas.