Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has promised to pay bursary as well as give scholarships to Edo students in tertiary institutions.
This, he said, is to guarantee access to quality and affordable education.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu spoke at campaign rally at Ekosodin, a satellite community which serves as residence for thousands of students of University of Benin.
Ize-Iyamu said it was pathetic that the APC government neglected the community in terms of provision of roads, water supply and electricity despite huge votes recorded from the community.
He said, “I was one of the beneficiaries of the Bursary scheme introduced by the defunct Bendel state Governor, the late Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli as an undergraduate in UNIBEN. The bursary helped our parents to a great extent in offsetting such expenses like books and our feeding”.
“Under the Simple Agenda of my government if by the grace of God you elect me as governor, I plan to pay all Edo students in higher institutions of learning bursaries. For those who are exceptionally brilliant we will give them scholarships to attain academic heights because they are a pride to our state “.
“I am proud to be a University of Benin graduate. I also lived for one year in Ekosodin as an undergraduate. The place has always enjoyed a very high population of youths and business people. And as a host community of the University, I believe it deserves more government attention by way of development. What I see here is appalling”.
He urged eligible voters to take APC money but vote for the PDP.
Edo will be a model to other states, says Obaseki
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Godwin Obaseki, said that he would make Edo, a model to be emulated by other states, in terms of development.
The Edo APC guber candidate for the Sept. 28 Governorship election, made the promise at a meeting with the Association of Salon Operators on Friday in Benin.
He said the transformation of the state which had already started under the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC government would be taken to a greater level when he is elected governor.
He said his government would not only continue with roads construction, the revolution in the educational sector and agricultural sector but will also seek ways to increase wealth creation in the state.
“We must emulate Lagos State to be a mega state. This has already started but will be move to a logical level where the state will also become a reference point to other states in the country.
“Lagos did not become what is today without hard work and consistency in governance. It has been consistent with progressives’ governors.
“Here in Edo, we want to be a able to continue from where Oshiomhole’s government will stop.
“Oshiomhole has done his best; it is left for us to carry on from where he will stop.
“As a governor, I will not be learning the rope, as I have been part of the success story of the government but we will be taking it further through human empowerment.
“Our next phase is to increase and create wealth,’’ Obaseki said.
The governorship candidate said his administration would have a human face.
He said that irrespective of party divide, his government would be for the generality of the people.
“We will be changing the face of government, where the government will simply be more responsive to the needs, yearnings and aspirations of the greater number of the people,’’ Obaseki said.