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The Armchair Criticism Of A Sanctimonious Oshoma. RIGHT OF REPLY By Liborous Oshoma Esq

It’s obvious this chap called Crusoe doesn’t really know who Liborous Oshoma Esq is. (I am a practicing lawyer with more than 20yrs experience in litigation both at the superior and inferior courts of record. Liborous has bias for exposing ineptitude in governance and has been doing that for more than 21 years through appearances on various television and radio programmes, the recent being his podcast titled “The Advocates”. Liborous is not a journalist.

It’s good that government should be accountable to her people but not through lies, half-truths and name calling. Be that as it may, the response and name calling is good, as it will afford me to do another advocacy on Edo, I wanted to go to Benue, but with this let’s stay on the issues in Edo and I promise not to be as pedestrian as the government spokesperson.

I am however, taken aback though that a government-paid propagandist is accusing others of being paid to expose their ineptitude. Maybe because he never says anything unless being paid to so do.

The attitude of this brand of Nigerian spokespersons is that, no matter the truth, they must defend the ineptitude and impunity of their principal. It’s the same way Lai Mohammed, Femi Adeshina and Garba Shehu must always defend Buhari’s impunity.

So I don’t expect anything less from this chap with his watery response.

That said, let’s stay on the issues. Thank God though, the ordinary people know better and are today counting the administration of Obaseki. They supported with 4+4, down with 8-5, hence the reasons I don’t take these paid government spokespersons and their agents seriously.

Imagine the government taking credit for a female mechanic that has been in operation from the days of Lucky Igbinedion and crediting Obaseki with a modular refinery that was initiated before he became Governor. These and more are signs of how desperate they are struggling to fish for achievements which are nowhere to be found.

If the Governor is so interested in laying a solid educational foundation for the state, why not upgrade a dilapidated library instead of turning it into a shopping mall?

As we speak, the Ekiadolor College of Education closed by the Governor under the guise of building infrastructure is lying in waste as the only structures there remain the ones undertaken by TETFUND. Recall that these workers therein are begging for their salaries. Same for AAU, the only structures therein are the ones constructed by TETFUND and in other cases, the ones built by the VC through interventions from donors.

Signing MOU with Konga to bring 10,000 businesses in Edo online. If that’s not fraud, in this day and age, then I wonder what one will call fraud. Anyway that MOU has given Crusoe online presence. Clowns everywhere.

How about the MOU signed for the establishment of University of Innovation in Benin, I’m still looking for the location.

If the MOU with GIZ of Germany for Human Capital Development and Youth Employment is what has given three persons jobs in place of the 200,000 jobs they promised during the election, then I need not say anything more. But I will ask how many youths have been empowered and developed with the same MOU? Or the SA they are distributing is empowerment too? I laugh in Uneme.

So the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SIEMENS energy company, to develop the state’s power, transportation, education, public infrastructure and industrialisation sector only yielded lights on Ring Road with no workable traffic lights in a metropolitan city like Benin City. They need to have their head properly screwed in the right places.

If the MOU signed with UNITAR for capacity development and educational reform has birthed Oyegun Civil Service Training (that they claim was non-existent) how come the Civil Servants are not good enough to do the jobs they are spending money training them on? As consultants are gradually taking over the same jobs of the civil servants.

The MOU on establishment of fabrication village and another MOU to build affordable housing in 2019 are also there. How many affordable houses have they built so far?

Thank God he agreed again that they signed MOU that are only visible on paper, without pointing me to execution and actualization. All I am asking them is to give us maturing dates of these MOUs so we can hold them accountable to those dates, as provided for in S.22 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Abi that one too much to ask again?

People no longer need to bother their heads as they see clearly through the lies of government who publicly admitted to spending four years to tar less than three kilometers of road (Ring Road to Erediawa junction). That means it will take them 24yrs to tar the road to Gelegele.

Also, I will love to add, that I am still looking for Edobest program in any school in Afemai and Akoko-Edo and Owan area of the State. Abeg if you know let me know.

Edo State used to have 10% of Bendel Cement which was brought forward to BUA CEMENT but those shares were sold under Obaseki, leaving Edo state with nothing. Yet nobody has accounted for the money as it has gone into voicemail. Yet they are mouthing Edo is in safe hands. The moment they heard that BUA and Dangote Cement Okpella are planning to build airstrip around Okpella, because of the insecurity of moving from Benin to Auchi or Lokoja to Okpella, the deceitful government quickly started talking about building another airport in Edo North, so he can take credit for a private investment. How laughable.

By Edo State budget, the Governor takes N625m monthly as security vote. Yet the State is riddled with kidnappers all over. Life is no longer safe in Edo, as kidnappers can block road for one hour without any interference. Vigilantes are not being paid, so they have slowed down their activities. It’s so heartbreaking that the various diaspora community associations are having to contribute money now to provide security in the various Senatorial zones. Yet Edo in safe hands.

The saddest part is that despite all of these, Obaseki is the only South South PDP Governor that took part in the agreement to ban RUGA, only to turn around to criticise it to the consternation of his colleagues, simply because he’s looking for favors from the same APC government he is criticizing.

I grew up in Bendel State of Ogbemudia that had functional Cement factory, Established Teacher Training Colleges and Colleges of Education, Rubber and Palm industries and research centers, affordable housing, portable drinking water in every nook and cranny of the State, establishment of university of Benin, Technical Colleges in Benin and Igarra, Textiles Industries, functional health care and management services and these were sustained by Prof Ambrose Alli, building affordable houses, BDPA in every senatorial zone, establishments of unity secondary schools and schools in villages with free education, etc without signing bogus MOUs and I am privileged to see, feel and experience these good governance.

So I will excuse that young man if he has never seen what good governance is all about and the only thing he is using to measure good governance are these ineptitude of the more you look, the less you see which has birthed unexecuted MOU bubuyaya of his Oga.

This certainly calls for another advocacy on Edo and I will pull out their financials in my next episode, so people can see how much they have spent mismanaging the state and signing MOUs.

Liborous Oshoma Esq

Head Attorney,

Liborous Oshoma Chambers

Practice Law in Lagos

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