Edo Progressive Indigenes Association EPIA has blasted the Minster of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire for his non-performance, especially to Edo State, since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
EPIA stated this shortly after its tour across Benin City to provide palliatives for Edo indigenes to cushion the effects of COVID-19.
In a Press Conference that held at Canada World Event Centre, Benin, EPIA Secretary General, Comrade Ine Gbenehi described the minister’s performance as quite low and full of disappointments.
He said “what astonished us most is that we have a son, father, an indigene in the person of the Minister, whom we thought would represent us, since Covid-19 started. We regret to say that we have not felt any impact of government to cushion the effects of the lockdown.
“We had expected proactive action from the minister, especially in the handling of his home state. Till now, he has neither taken any action in the health sector, nor in the humanitarian.
“We therefore demand that he address Edo indigenes on how far his ministry has impacted on Edo State especially with regard to Covid-19.
“As a true son of Edo, he should have been able to ensure that whatever gets to other states also gets to Edo, even in greater measures.
“If he cannot do these in the next 10 days, we will be forced to pass a vote of no confidence on him.
Also speaking, EPIA president, Dr Bishop Omogiade E Edokpolo said
“EPIA is an independent organisation designed to empower Edo indigenes, and is registered with the United Nations Indigenous Organisation.
“About 9000 of our indigenes after our survey, have not received palliatives from the government, federal or state. That’s why we have taken it upon ourselves to help out.
“The federal government have been distributing money and have mapped out just 18 states to benefit, and Edo and Delta have not benefitted. Our own son the Minister of Health has not been able to do anything for Edo people. He has tuned his back on us. Can you imagine, a Minister of caliber has not attracted anything to his home state.
Earlier, the Executive Council of EPIA had toured the state capital, Benin to distribute cash, food and other palliatives to the poor, needy, aged, physically challenged and other vulnerable people.
About 7000 people were reached in the exercise.
According to the president, Dr Edokpolo, the exercise is an ongoing one which they will try to sustain as donations continue to come.
Meanwhile, he also called on Edo Indigenes that are yet to register with the organisation to do so at http://www.edoindigenes.org for seamless transmission of palliative where applicable.
Calling for support or donations, he also requested that donors should so at http://www.edoindigenes.org