The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, inspected eight gunboats, marine police post and accommodation for security personnel, among other projects executed by the state government to check criminality and insecurity in the riverine community of Gelegele and environs, in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state.
The governor who was accompanied by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, other members of the Edo State PDP Campaign Council as well as supporters, said the facility tour was part of his reelection campaign programme in the local government area.
Addressing journalists in Gelegele, Obaseki said: “We are here to assess the security investment we have made in the Gelegele Community. You can see that we have built a Marine Police Post and accommodation for the Marine police establishment here.
“This is a very porous waterway that leads to Ondo State and the rest of the Niger Delta. It is important we secure the community against pirates and kidnappers.
“In addition to the investment made for the Nigeria Police in terms of building accommodation and a police station, we have also bought four gunboats and four ancillary patrol boats. We have eight gunboats, which the state government invested in for the police to secure this axis.”
Obaseki reassured, “We are working hard on improving the lives and social welfare of the people in this environment. We are reconstructing roads and other infrastructural facilities because, without access roads, the cost of living will be high for the people.
“By the time we finish the construction of Ekehuan Road which is a dual carriageway that will extend to the Benin River Port, the living conditions of the people in this area will have changed radically. My prediction is that in another three years when you will come here, you will not recognise what you will see.”