Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Sunday advised individuals and groups expecting free things from the new government that there would be no “free lunch anymore.”
Obaseki noted that his administration would be radically different from the one experienced in the last four years as it would focus on governance, rather than politics.
The governor, who made this known at the Government House in Benin, added that everyone must work to earn any benefit and move the state to its desired level.
He explained, “You will find out that our administration is going to be slightly different, if not radically different, from the last four years and the reason is simple. In the last four years, we had to do a lot of politics because we had to recover our state from strange people who took over.
“By the grace of God, we have recovered our state; it is now our state. In the next four years, we are going to be concentrating on what to do with it.”
The governor, however, noted that no one would be left out.“But the problem we have is that we now have to get value for everything we have. There is no free lunch anymore; everybody must now work to earn. You must work to chop.”
He said that his cabinet would take shape at the appropriate time, when the tasks and persons qualified to handle them had been identified. Obaseki urged youths to be patient with his administration as it was committed to fulfilling his campaign promise on job creation.