Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oshiomole Employs 'Go and Die Widow', Gives Her N2million

Governor Adams Oshiomole has been in the news for all the wrong reasons for about a week now because of what happened in this video...

Following the public condemnation the governor received for his outburst, he has taken steps to redeem his battered image by giving the widow a job and giving a cash gift of N2 million...

Oshiomhole employs widow, gives her N2m

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has offered employment to the widow, Mrs Joy Ifije, whom he upbraided, penultimate week, and whose goods were seized by men of the State War Against Indiscipline for obstructing the Mission road in the state capital.

Governor Oshiomole having tea with his new friend, Widow, Joy Ifije

The governor, who announced the job offer to the woman, in addition to a N2 million grant for her to get a shop and trade, said during a breakfast meeting with her at the Government House, yesterday, that her job would be to join the state’s War Against Indiscipline in the campaign against street trading and to keep the state clean.

The governor, who again apologised to the widow said “when you put your things on the road, a vehicle can run over you. They have killed some people like that and that was why I said if you are a widow, do you want more people to be widowed? But when I said go and die, that one was said in a fit of anger. And I am really sorry,” he said.

“I want you to join us. We would employ you and pay you salary. You would help us to campaign to other women not to trade on road sides. We should not use poverty as a yardstick. We would also talk to taxi and bus drivers not to block roads when carrying passengers,” Oshiomhole said.

“You will assist me to talk to women and traders not to litter the roads and sidewalks so that people walking and driving can have free road. If they want to park they can park properly so as not to disturb others,”he said.

The governor said government was trying to change Benin City from its old status adding that “as you can see Benin is becoming a modern city. So you join us now and every month you begin to get salary so that you can look after your children.

“For your child who is preparing to go to the university, my daughters and myself have agreed to support him. If he does well as we pray he does, he would assist the family. Maybe this is the way God wants it. That is why I asked them to look for you so that I can personally offer my apology, but also to support you, so that God helping you, you can overcome the pains of widowhood,” he said.

“As a single mother, I want to see how I can help you to train your children and God can make any one of them the leader of our country. Please resist the temptation to do anything that would break the law. The law is the law; it is no respecter of persons. If government does not enforce the law there would be confusion,” the governor remarked.

The governor, who gave the woman a cash gift of N2 million said “in addition to working with the War Against Indiscipline, I am also giving you the sum of two million naira so that you can hire a shop, trade inside the shop and not roadside and I pray that God will bless your decision on how you utilise the money. This money is not for you to share or distribute but a working capital.”

Responding, the widow thanked the governor for the gesture and promised that she would be part of the fight to keep the city clean.

Source: Tribune
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