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Agbomhere to Obaseki: We need hospitals, factories, not new prison

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State (right) and the Edo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Johnson Babatunde Kokumo

By Peterson Ibi

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Blessing Agbomhere, has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to channel the huge resources which he intends to deploy to build a correctional facility to build infrastructure that would stop Edo people from committing crimes.

Following the attack on the two correctional facilities in Benin and increasing crime rates in the state, Obaseki recently announced plans to build a new correctional centre.

But Agbomhere in a statement issued in Benin, rebuked Obaseki over the plan to build a new prison in the state on over 20 hectares of land.

He said it was absurd for the governor to build a new prison at a time countries such as Sweden, are shutting down their prisons because of no criminals to be confined there.

According to the APC chieftain, a new correctional facility will not tackle crimes and criminality; but jobs creation and conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

He said: “It is totally a condemnable act. Governor Obaseki cannot use Edo money to build prison at a time other countries are closing down their prison facilities.

“He has shown that he lacked ideas to engage the young minds and make them responsible citizens.

“This is a big slap on our collective sensitivity. What Obaseki is saying is that there are a lot of criminals in Edo state and there is nothing he can do to rehabilitate them or prevent others from going into crime.

“We need hospitals, we need factories. That money can be used to revive the Ehor fruit juice factory, the Cassavita Mill, Bendel Brewery and other moribund industries in the state. Obaseki should build infrastructure to stop our youths from joining robbery gang.”e

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Blessing Agbomhere, has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to channel the huge resources which he intends to deploy to build a correctional facility to build infrastructure that would stop Edo people from committing crimes.

Following the attack on the two correctional facilities in Benin and increasing crime rates in the state, Obaseki recently announced plans to build a new correctional centre.

But Agbomhere in a statement issued in Benin, rebuked Obaseki over the plan to build a new prison in the state on over 20 hectares of land.

He said it was absurd for the governor to build a new prison at a time countries such as Sweden, are shutting down their prisons because of no criminals to be confined there.

According to the APC chieftain, a new correctional facility will not tackle crimes and criminality; but jobs creation and conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

He said: “It is totally a condemnable act. Governor Obaseki cannot use Edo money to build prison at a time other countries are closing down their prison facilities.

“He has shown that he lacked ideas to engage the young minds and make them responsible citizens.

“This is a big slap on our collective sensitivity. What Obaseki is saying is that there are a lot of criminals in Edo state and there is nothing he can do to rehabilitate them or prevent others from going into crime.

“We need hospitals, we need factories. That money can be used to revive the Ehor fruit juice factory, the Cassavita Mill, Bendel Brewery and other moribund industries in the state. Obaseki should build infrastructure to stop our youths from joining robbery gang.”