Oshiomhole Close To Tears During Valedictory Session

By Ikenga Chronicles November 11, 2016

The outgoing Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole was almost close to tears as the Executive Council held a valedictory session in Benin preparatory to handing over to a new government on Saturday.

Oshiomhole who presided over the session appreciated the council members for their selfless service to the people of the state. The governor lamented the death of his Principal Private Secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde, in 2012.

The governor, who became very emotional, said he also regretted the death of his wife, Clara. He said she was irreplaceable as she was the only woman who agreed to marry him when he was anonymous, adding, “I miss her.’’ He described her as a counselor and the person who taught him to pray, adding that she was with him in 2008 during his swearing in, but sadly won’t be around when he hands over to a new administration. He then urged the council to take a solemn moment to pray for the continued repose of their souls.

The Exco members also took turns to express their experiences in working with the governor.

Mr Osarodion Ogie, Commissioner for Works, said he was a pioneer student of what he called “Oshiomhole’s school of governance.” He said he learnt courage and being positive from the governor and added that “although Oshiomhole is a hard person but he was very humane.’’

Henry Idahagbon, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice described the governor as a pacesetter, path finder and a beacon of development. He said it was difficult to work with him because “he is a perfectionist.’’

John Inegbedion, Commissioner for Finance described the governor as God-sent to the state adding that the situation on ground financially when the administration assumed office eight years ago could not support what was on ground today. He said the governor took a bold decision and that had kept state afloat.

His Information counterpart Kassim Afegbua, advised the governor to work on his temper and learn to manage time.

Commissioners for Budget and Planning, Lawrence Aghedo, Water Resources, Washington Osifo, Head of Service Mrs Gladys Idaho, SSG Julius Ihonvbere, and Deputy Gov. Pius Odubu also spoke.

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