A New Year message from Edo State Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole was issued yesterday, December 31, 2013. In the address, signed by his Chief Press Secretary Peter Okhiria, the Governor described the outgoing year as a successful one for the state, and encouraged his fellow countrymen to look forward to brighter days in 2014.
"I congratulate the good people of Edo State, and indeed the entire people of Nigeria for seeing yet another year. For us in Edo State, the outgoing year was generally peaceful and marked by growth in all sectors of the economic life of the state," the message by Governor Oshiomshole read, in part.
"As we enter into the New Year, I urge the people of Edo State to look forward to brighter days ahead. In addition to sustaining our efforts at developing and renewing infrastructure in the state, government has also beamed its focus on expanding the economy of the state; increasing the Gross Domestic Product and creating wealth. We expect our efforts to start yielding positive fruits in the New Year.
"I assure you that this administration will remain focused in its avowed commitment to make a difference in the state and position Edo as the focal point and cynosure of all eyes in the country.
"I appeal to our people to remain vigilant in the New Year to ensure that evildoers are not given a free hand to operate in our state.
"I salute the good people of the state: our royal fathers, the professional groups, civil servants, student bodies, civil society groups, market women and the ordinary people in the streets for standing by this administration in the outgoing year.
"I also commend the Christian and Muslim communities, including people of other faith in the state for their prayers and for their peaceful and brotherly coexistence.
"I recognize the contributions of the security agencies in the maintenance of peace and security in the state in the outgoing year.
"As we march together into the New Year 2014, I again count on the goodwill and support of all Edo sons and daughters in making our state a model for others to emulate.
"I wish you a happy and bountiful New Year and pray for God's peace on you and your family."
It will be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole was involved in a vehicles' accident at the Benin-Auchi road in Edo State on 28th December. Reports suggest he is battling for his life and was flown to a foreign hospital.