Governor Oshomhole, The New Military Dictator of Edo State

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  • Thursday, 18 October 2012
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  • Nosagie Nosa-Ero
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  • Edo State which was usually known as a focal point for infrastructural development in Nigeria has suddenly become a place where democracy has been completely brutalized and dictatorship idolized.

    In the last couple of weeks, it has been nothing but verdict over the counter given by a governor whose mandate was stolen but retrieved by '"due process". The governor has left all construction process on hold and directed all his energy at intimidating state workers. So far, the Governor has dismissed over 20 teachers in the state for an act he labeled "lackadaisical attitude of some teachers to work".

    In the same vein, in an interactive session with Permanent Secretaries, Senior Education Inspectors at Government house, the governor dismissed all 41 of them. He gave the directive in the most undemocratic manner, as if he was a judge or something. That was the height of the governor's dictatorship.

    One would expect that Mr. Oshiomole who regained power through the law would follow due process in all his actions. Unfortunately, that seems not to be the case, as Edo State is run by one man. He draws the line and dictates the pace. When he is unavailable, the state stands still, even his deputy is redundant at best and most times seems clueless on how the government works.

    My issue with the governor is his action without expert reasoning. The sacking of states workers is undemocratic and completely unacceptable. Oshomhole has simply over reacted. This is far from democracy, far from due process and obviously close to military dictatorship. This is not governance, I can't think of any place where workers are sacked for missing a day out of work.

    The NUT and the NLC have to remind the governor where he came from and protect the rights of teachers and workers alike. The are laid down processes to be followed before sacking a worker. They ought to be a query served and perhaps an inquiry committee set up, after cross-analysis, verdict is given and lessons are learnt. Not this barbaric way of governance. The fact that you have the support of your people is no right to punch them on the face.

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