Obaseki’s Reforms: Edo Tops APC States in Devt Metrics

The far-reaching reforms, initiatives, and programmes of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration in Edo State have again ranked highest among states controlled by the leading All Progressives Congress (APC) through the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF)’s peer-review mechanism.

This was contained in the report of the June 2019 Progressives Strides – Tracking Development Initiatives in APC States published by the PGF.

In a report signed by the Director-General of the PGF, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, the forum said, “the entries for this edition witnessed more improvement as regards developmental strides collated from the forum states in 20l9. The information collated was readily available on public platforms and the same reported to the secretariat.”

He said there was an all-round increase in the pattern of initiatives introduced by the states with Edo State recording the most of the initiatives for the month with eight strides, spreading across infrastructure, economy, agriculture, environment, sports, and capacity building.

He noted, “Nasarawa follows with seven strides; Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, and Yobe followed with six strides each; Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Ogun and Osun with five each; Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, and Niger with three each. Kogi has two strides while Jigawa and Plateau have one stride each.

According to him, “The overall characteristics of this edition showed that all states in the Forum were represented and featured in this edition. Thirty percent of information attributed to primary sources and 70 percent from secondary sources.

“We hope to further engage state officials so as to improve on receiving information directly, as the secretariat is utilising all channels for publicising these in addition to those used by the states for a wider reach.”

Esther Oluku

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