Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday applauded Governor Adams Oshiomhole for the people-oriented projects commissioned at the twilight of his administration, and said the completion of the projects at a time when Nigeria was facing economic challenges was an eloquent display of astute, prudent and visionary leadership.
Governor Ambode, who spoke when he commissioned the newly rebuilt Itohan Girls Grammar School, Sapele Road, Benin City, to mark the end of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, also announced full university scholarship to two best graduating students of the school.
Alluding to the fact that education is the bedrock of the society, Governor Ambode said the commissioning of the secondary school with modern facilities and top class university underscored the importance which Governor Oshiomhole attached to education.
He said: “Governor Oshiomhole understands leadership and the needs of his people. He understands the concept of inclusive governance and making sure nobody is left behind. The projects commissioned today have demonstrated the government of inclusion which this administration has been running.
“This is very remarkable and it is very significant because this is one Governor that actually started well and is ending very strong. Roads have been commissioned in areas that needed government attention and presence.
“We are very sure these roads will open up communities and even joining three local governments together and also accelerate growth and development,” Governor Ambode said.
He also said it was gratifying that the commissioning of the university came at a time when the country was in dire need of top class tertiary institution, adding that the Governor deserved commendation for a dream come true.
“Governor Oshiomhole has set high standards in Edo State and he has actually and visibly turn around the fortunes of Edo State. Posterity and all Nigerians will remember comrade Oshiomhole very favourably.
“The truth is this: our country needs people like Comrade Oshiomhole especially at this critical time in our history,” Governor Ambode said.
Governor Ambode, who was the National Campaign Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Edo Governorship election, also congratulated the people of the State for electing Mr. Godwin Obaseki, saying that the decision would further ensure that Edo remained on the path of progress.
Earlier, Governor Oshiomhole said the idea of the University came out of the need to address educational tourism, and as well provide world class University education to both the rich and the poor.
Governor Oshiomhole, who described Governor Ambode as a financial guru and now rugged and dogged Governor, said Lagos and Edo had a special traditional and political relationship, adding that most of the innovations introduced in Edo were copied from Lagos, and that Governor Ambode was invited to commission the school on account of the fact that he has been working assiduously to transform Lagos.