I need to commend the Governor of Edo State, Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his large assist in reviving our manufacturing facility Nat Restricted. Our manufacturing facility was closed down for about 4yrs as a result of my spouse was unwell and I needed to journey together with her to Switzerland, our second house, for medical consideration and there was nobody accessible to handle the manufacturing facility so I put the manufacturing facility up on the market.
The Governor visited the manufacturing facility whereas I used to be away in Switzerland and met solely 2 employees who had been in control of safeguarding the manufacturing facility.
In September 2018 I obtained a name from one in every of them that the Governor visited the manufacturing facility. I used to be fairly shocked as a result of for greater than 40years that our manufacturing facility has been working, we’ve by no means gotten any go to from any Authorities together with Edo State Authorities the place we’re situated. Although we tried severally prior to now to get them to see our manufacturing facility and patronize us however they by no means responded.
I used to be contacted by the SSA (Senior Particular Adviser) to the Governor however I defined to her that I used to be presently not within the nation.
I obtained again into the nation 2months later and contacted the SSA (Senior Particular Adviser) to the governor. She scheduled an appointment for me to fulfill with the governor. I went to see the Governor 3days later and I used to be nicely acquired. The style and manner he acquired me confirmed he had respect for my age although he was the Governor.
After exchanging pleasantries, he thanked me firstly for loving my State sufficient to arrange and set up a furnishings manufacturing facility with my international spouse within the State. He went on to say that he would supply jobs to maintain the manufacturing facility working as a way to create employment and in addition to empower folks by coaching them within the furnishings enterprise.
When he completed talking, I thanked him for his heat reception and defined to him that because of my age I’d not be capable to run the manufacturing facility so I urged that because the manufacturing facility was put up on the market, the Authorities may purchase over the manufacturing facility and that I’d be prepared to help in any potential manner to assist them resuscitate it.
He then mentioned that if the manufacturing facility was purchased over by the federal government, it might not final for greater than 6months. He additional appealed to me to place the manufacturing facility so as and promised to present us jobs to provide furnishings to varied areas within the state thereby creating funds for the efficient working of manufacturing facility.
I used to be fairly shocked and stuffed with pleasure that such an individual may have a lot love for the state. I additionally instructed him of my dream to assist folks transfer ahead in life by creating jobs and even giving one sponsored meal each day for employees as being practiced in lots of firms however wasn’t potential as a result of we had very low patronage.
Previously, the one contracts we obtained got to us by some architects, Shell Petroleum Improvement cooperation that visited and inspected our manufacturing facility and registered us as one of many suppliers of furnishings gadgets. This actually helped us in the beginning to assist construct up the manufacturing facility however later when the standard corrupt observe of Nigeria crept in jobs had been no extra accessible. The varied authorities and organizations resorted to importing furnishings and we obtained jobs from few northern Governors whereas we didn’t get any jobs from the south-south areas.
I thanked him for giving my spouse and I the privilege of realizing our dream (offering jobs for our folks). Whereas a lot of the furnishings factories within the State and Nigeria at massive had been charging apprenticeship payment, we had been accepting apprentices freed from cost and giving them allowances.
Conserving to his phrases the Governor helped to reopen our manufacturing facility, he awarded contracts to my firm and 5 different firms to supply and provide furnishings throughout workplaces in Edo state and fee for these jobs had been made to us as and when due. He additionally made provision for trainees who’re within the furnishings enterprise. These trainees had been being paid twenty thousand naira month-to-month. Along with this, working instruments had been supplied and an quantity was put aside for them to arrange their workshops after the completion of their coaching. This motion of the governor is unprecedented within the historical past of this nation the place everyone seems to be for himself and never for the folks.
Presently the Worldwide Group of Migration (IOM) is in dialogue with us with regards coaching of returnees in wooden work, and so on.
My want is that the Governor be allowed to manipulate Edo state for an additional 4years in order to proceed constructing the nice legacy and basis which he began in his first tenure. After the completion of his second tenure then another person could be elected to proceed constructing on this good basis and legacy.
I’ve by no means been an advocate of any occasion however I’ll vote for the betterment and the nice of the State and the nation. Please allow us to give Governor Obaseki the chance to proceed the nice basis he has began within the subsequent 4years.
You will need to observe that since independence there hasn’t been any bodily growth as a result of their basis was laid down on sand and couldn’t stand the take a look at of time. We want a robust basis the place succesful and clever persons are on the herm of the affairs. Thugs ought to by no means be allowed to run the affairs within the native authorities or State authorities.
With this, it’s secure to say that the governor means nicely for the folks.
This is a chance for us to present him the utmost help as a way to transfer the state ahead. We pray that God will assist us in our need.
God bless Edo State.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Asemota is Founder and CEO of NAT LTD