Reasons why I’m called ‘The Okpekpe marathon man’, says Oshiomhole

It was learnt that Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the huge government’s investment on road infrastructure in Okpekpe is not a waste after all.

The governor who disclosed this on Thursday ‎during the visit of the Chairman, Organising Committee of the 10-km Okpekpe race, Mr Dan Ngerem and other members, including Chief Mike Itemuagbor, said his colleagues (Governors) call him the ‘Okpekpe marathon man’ because of his participation in the annual 10-km IAAF certified Okpekpe race.

He said he loves it when he is called the ‘Okpekpe marathon man’ by governors because it shows ‎that “government’s investment in road infrastructure in Okpekpe is not a waste.”

According to him, his conviction to open up and expose rural areas to the same opportunities found in the urban cities motivated his administration to embark on aggressive rural road infrastructure.

“The most eloquent and the most potent statement we can make is to aggressively invest in rural infrastructure because our people do not ask us to give them food to eat, they just ask us to give the enabling environment for them to apply their intellect, their energy, their creativity so that at least,
every two hands can feed every one mouth.”

“The Okpekpe road compares very well and even better with federal roads based on specification, design and even the width of the road because for me, to be rural is not to be inferior and therefore standard should be the same. I do not subscribe to some specification for rural roads another specification for urban roads.

“Your federation adopting the Okpekpe race which is a wonderful initiative is a blessing and thus confirmed that we were right. One of the things I have been accused of since coming here is that I have spent resources of states in building roads that leads to hamlets and I did say that I have no apologies, Nigeria is a collection of hamlets and Presidents after Presidents have come from Hamlet and this governor comes from a Hamlet.

“To come from a hamlet is not to be inferior. I am so happy that this is happening and even happier when I hear people talking about Okpekpe and even myself from my previous participation in the marathon, my brother governors refer to me as the ‘Okpekpe Marathon man’ and I enjoy it.


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