The Edo State Government has assured of quality healthcare, security and other infrastructure to improve the livelihoods of residents in riverine communities across the state.
Representative of the Edo State Governor and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by the Ofunama National Executives, at the Government House, in Benin City.
He pledged that the state government will provide quality healthcare facilities for residents in riverine communities, including Ofunama in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Obaseki noted, “A standard primary healthcare centre is coming to Ofunama, as the riverine areas will be given quick attention as regard quality healthcare services in the state to check mortality rates.
“We are trying to recalibrate our primary healthcare system. We are keen on providing world-class medical services in the state, especially in our primary healthcare centres to meet the healthcare needs of the people.”
The governor added that the state government will meet with the State Commissioner of Police to strengthen collaboration for the deployment of police officers to the police post in Ofunama, which was built through community efforts, adding that the move will help to check insecurity in the area.
“Our waterways across the country are poorly secured but we want to assure you that the government takes the security of Edo people seriously and as such, will address the issue of security in our waterways,” he said.
According to him, “We know the value of a flow station in the area. We will write to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to allow the flow station to be effectively put into use. We will follow it up with a visit and action will be taken.
“The Edo Ministry of Infrastructure will design the road. You will get results on that too. We are working on getting the community a jetty just like other riverine communities in the state.”