Our thinking has been so short-sighted – Obaseki  


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has described the thinking of political leaders in Nigeria as shortsighted and the major factor responsible for underdevelopment in the country.

Speaking at a town hall meeting organized by Unuedo Renaissance Group in Lagos, Obaseki enumerated his various development strides to reposition the state and secure the future of the Edo people and noted that the problem of the state was not resources and opportunities, but leadership.

Obaseki accompanied by his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie and Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele said the situation where the next election dominates political discourse more than how to positively impact the next generation was responsible for the country’s lack of development.

“Our thinking has been so short-sighted. For politicians, it’s all about the next elections. We’re not thinking about the next generation. Where will we be in 2050? How will we overtake Lagos in 2050? For me, it’s all about the next generation.

“If we’re able to make the massive investment in the Benin River Port, even (Aliko) Dangote told me that is my goldmine. It can beat Tin Can Port. What we need do is to plan our regional and urban development. From what we are doing, Edo is the next Silicon Valley of Nigeria. My dream is that by 2050, Edo will host the Olympics.”

The governor said unveiling the future of Edo was uppermost in his mind as he showed his audience the roadmap of a desirable future for Edo people, drawing on their strong aspiration, which he said is founded on the people’s strong, enterprising and regal disposition. He said his administration was founded on three pillars, namely “what are we, what went wrong, and our response”.