Obaseki inaugurates 20-man transition committee four months to end of tenure

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Barely four months to the end of his eight years as governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has inaugurated a 20-man transition committee to pilot the smooth transition of power and knowledge to the next administration.

DAILY POST reports that Governor Obaseki inaugurated the committee members, at the EXCO Chambers, in Government House, Benin City, with some members joining virtually.

Obaseki, who said the Committee is chaired by a former Commissioner for Finance in the State, Mr Joseph Eboigbe, did not, however, give the names of the remaining 19 members.

He said, ”today is July 11, 2024 and it will mark exactly four months to the day I will hand over this government to the next elected governor of Edo State. As it’s global best practice, I am putting together a transition team that would have the responsibility to document the achievement of this administration in the last eight years.

“The team will look and retrieve all documents and all other related materials relating to policy decisions that have been taken by this administration in every area of government and governance over the last eight years and put them in a structured order in a data room. I believe that most of these materials have almost been digitized.

“A proper digital and regular data room would be created where all documents related to every activity, contract, EXCO decision, presentation, and policy paper in every area will be retrieved, documented, and chronicled as it will serve as institutional memory for the next and subsequent administrations.

“You will all put together reports on each area and aspect of government we have intervened in and recommendations for the next administration.

“This document and resources should serve to smoothly transfer power and knowledge from this administration to the next. We would have both the physical and digital repository of all the information and decisions taken during the life of this administration as these documents will be relevant both for internal and external consumption and research and possibly policy development.

“This report will also give a detailed account of strategic vision and outlook of the administrative structure, policy impact, and completed programmes and initiatives as well as uncompleted programmes and initiatives to enable the incoming administration to know where to take off from”, he said.

Obaseki, who charged members of the committee to complete the project before the 30th of October 2024, noted that the document would form parts of what would be handed over during the transition period on November 11th, 2024.

In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Eboigbe promised that the committee would diligently discharge their duties, pledging to deliver the report within the timeline given by the governor

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