Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

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AS part of its commitment to the people’s welfare and adherence to campaigns for their acceptability in the society, Edo State government at the weekend said it would employ persons living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) because government was concerned about their welfare and that of their families.

This hint was dropped when a group, Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Edo State, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

Besides, the group, led by Francis Osayande, said visit was to appreciate Governor Adams Oshiomhole for the food items he donated to them during the last Christmas and New Year celebration.

Ihonvbere said, “as for capacity building of your members, we will reach the Rapid Response Agency to get employment for some of your members concerned and they have to be graduates, OND or NCE holders, or persons, who are computer literate. We will also see how we can put your vehicles in good shape for you to carry out your campaigns.”

Ihonvbere, who stood in for the governor lamented the decay and dislocation in the society even as he urged enlightenment and sensitisation on this pandemic so as to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

He expressed reservations on the possibility of meeting the 2015 MDG goals on HIV/AIDS saying, “with the way we are going in Nigeria, there is no way we can meet up in 2015. We may not be able to achieve MDGs in 2015 because it’s a top-bottom approach. The Federal Government was wrong in it’s approach from inception.

“Governor Oshiomhole’s concern for people living with HIV/AIDS is enormous. The level of his support and attention for you is very special with the scarce resources. The governor is just a miracle worker and a magician because, I really do not know how a man manages with an allocation of N2.5 billion on a monthly basis with a wage bill of N2 billion and yet provide all the on-going infrastructural developments you are seeing in the state,” Ihonvbere explained.

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EDE N'ERHENA VBE EDO

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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