Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has stated that he is not in politics to make money or to be famous.
According to Obaseki, politicians must prioritise governance for the benefit of the people.
The Edo State governor who spoke on Thursday in Benin City, the state capital, there was the need for a mechanism to be put in place to ensure transparency in government.
“Only few persons in government are held accountable for their decisions in government,” Governor Obaseki reportedly said, according to his Chief Press Secretary, Crusoe Osagie.
“I am not in government to make money; I am not in government for fame. I am in government to serve. Our youths are the reasons why I am in government. If I cannot serve you, I will quit.
“The issues of better government, proper governance and transparency are what we are emphasising. When we have younger people who can use technology in government, we will have transparency and accountability, which informed my decision to have many younger people working in my government,” the governor added.
Obaseki further called for a strong institution that would ensure law and order. He noted that the #EndSARS protests have helped start the process of making sure the nation’s security arrangement reflects the federal system.
“And that is why we have the security agencies. Our security arrangement in the country must reflect our federal system as I can’t be a governor of a state and not able to hire and fire my Commissioner of Police, but #ENDSARS protests have helped us start the process,” he said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.