from Midwest Herald Community Newspaper, Benin.
After 100 days in office, the general opinion is that Governor Oserhiemen Osunbor of Edo State is bereaved of fresh ideas and critics say he is merely re-circling ex-governor Lucky Igbinedion's blueprint. In the thinking of an average Edo State man or woman, the past three months have shown mix-fortunes, just as unrepentant party supporters are pleading for understanding and patience. For example, the only visible project he has executed in the past 100 days is the “desilting and carting away of debris” from Ihama Street and some part of Benin City. But observers submit that Osunbor has taken over the function of local government councils and wasted time on pedestrain and comical projects in his first 100 days. “He merely borrowed the makeshift engineering from Igbinedion's executed project along Boundary Road in Benin City.” The flood water re-injection scheme involves channeling flood water into dug pits and some environmentalists have warned on the health hazard of this crude technique.
For instance, the revitalization of major parastatals including the Edo Broadcasting Service, Bendel Newspaper Company Ltd, Ethiope Publishing Ltd, Ambrose Alli University among others were started and completed during the first 100 days by ex-governor Igbinedion. His problem started when Chief Tony Anenih pronounced 'no vacancy in 2003' less than one year into his administration. Osunbor may be suffering from Anenih's no vacancy syndrome handed over to him by 'Mr Fix It' at the Nova Hotel retreat in Uromi.
Across the state, politicians belonging to the ruling party are in a hurry to amass wealth with little or no concern for Edo people. There are large scale accusations of inflation of vehicle cost purchased by government.