The Oasis Reporters
August 14, 2023
Obaseki extols former Edo Commissioner, Agbonwanegbe, at 70
He is a loyal, consistent ally – Igbinedion
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has extolled the virtues of Edo former Commissioner for Agriculture, Sir Chris Agbonwanegbe, describing him as very distinguished and someone who cares so much about his people.
The governor spoke over the weekend in Benin City, Edo State capital, during the celebration of the 70th birthday anniversary of Agbonwanegbe.
Governor Obaseki, who was a special guest at the event, said he holds the celebrant in high esteem for his consistency in following up on developments across the state and bringing to his attention issues of state that require his interventions.
While thanking God for his life, the governor congratulated him for his achievements, noting: “I have known him for the past 10 years as a brother and a friend. He is consistent, reliable and someone who believes in his people. He texts me almost every month to remind me of one issue or the other affecting Iyekeorhionmwon, particularly around Ugo.
‘‘It is the pressure he mounted on me that made me accelerate the construction of the Benin/Abraka Road, especially the section going to Ugo.
For your information, Chris, I have now divided the contract into two. I brought two contractors so that they can finish that road before Christmas.’’
Turning to him, Obaseki said, “I hope that is enough as a birthday present for you?” Then turning back to the audience, he declared, “distinguish ladies and gentlemen, we are here to celebrate with one of our own, the one we are very proud of and we thank God for your life, we pray that God Almighty, who have seen you to the age of 70, will make sure that you continue to be in good health at 80, at 90, and you are on your own thereafter.”
Earlier in his remark, the former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, who was the chairman of the occasion, congratulated the celebrant for his consistency and loyalty.
Represented by Alland Omorogbe, describing Agbonwanegbe, who served under him in different capacities and as Commissioner for Agriculture, Igbinedion said: “You are a much respected man, a strong man and of strong character and conviction, who has distinguished himself in every respect. Very consistent and loyal.”