In 8 years between 1999 and 2007 about N200 billion accrued to Edo State out of which the following are among the projects that emerged: Stella Obasanjo Women & Children Hospital, Edo State Library (Best in the South-South then), NYSC permanent orientation camp, Okada, Gynecological ward, (a storey building), Specialist hospital Benin, College of Agriculture, Iguoraikhi, institute of Management Technology, Usen, College of Education, Igueben, Iyekogba Housing Project. Others are Lecture theatre, ICE, Benin, high Court complex and judges quarters, Uromi, in Okada, in Fugar, etc, Cassavita factory, Uromi (85% completed), the gigantic Edo State Liaison House, Abuja, male and female Hostel AAU, Ekpoma. Also, "Decasualising" workers of EBS, rural electrification, fruit Juice, Ehor and fertilizer blending, Ikpeshi. Etc.
Between 2008 & 2013 i.e. 5 years, about N700 billion has accrued to the Edo state. Out of this mind blowing amount, no attempt has been made to address the fundamental problem in the state, unemployment through industrialization. The environment is made hostile to private investors through punitive taxation and unleashing of "mad men" on businesses and individuals (insecurity). To make matters worse, the state government is carrying out a systematic downsizing of the work force. While the roads rehabilitated do not escape my attention, the huge size of funds siphoned through them is unnerving. How can this government justify the N1.5 billion per kilometer it's paying on Airport road, a road that is not coastal and without a single bridge? We can't afford to wait until these years and funds slip off before hurling ineffective insults & curses. Adams Oshiomhole, must as a matter of urgency apply our funds to the resuscitation of industries that are lying fallow so that the jobs & income which are the vital signs of development would reach the people. Edo is not the personal property of any individual, political party or group, it's ours; we must take it back.