Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says that the issue that gave birth to the creation of the Midwest Region still exists, noting that efforts should be made to improve the socio-economic condition of the region.
The governor stated this at the 60th year of the Midwest Referendum at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub in Benin, Edo State.
He said that the Midwest Region which was carved out of the then Western Region in 1963, three years after Independence and colonial rule, is a product of the bold character and love for freedom of the forebears.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, stormed out of the venue of the function after some of his aides were denied entry by security officials.
Shaibu arrived the venue alongside some aides while the governor was making his opening remarks but some security operatives at the entrance of the hall barred the aides of the deputy governor from entering the hall.
Though the security operatives tried to offer explanations to the deputy governor amid the ensuring drama, Shaibu insisted that his aides “must enter with him”.
In a related development, Edo State Government has disbanded the media crew attached to the office of the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation in the state, Chris Nehikhare, said the deputy governor’s media crew tried to force their way into the hall where Governor Godwin Obaseki and other invited dignitaries were seated to mark the 60th anniversary of Midwest Referendum.
The Statement described the deputy governor’s walk out as orchestrated and stage-managed.
The government also directed the Ministry of Communication and Orientation to handle the media coverage of the activities of Shaibu’s office.