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Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is a Nigerian politician and currently serving as the executive Governor of Edo State. He was sworn in as the governor on the 12th of November, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by former Governor Adams Oshiomole in March 2009. Wikipedia Born: 1 July 1959 (age 59 years), Benin City Spouse: Betsy Obaseki Party: All Progressives Congress Education: Unilag Nigeria, University of Ibadan, Pace University, Columbia University Parents: Late Pa Roland Obaseki, Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie Organization founded: Afrinvest

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March 2011 — December 2014

AWARDS

Since assuming duty as Executive Governor of Edo State on November 12, 2016[19], Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki has enacted projects with the aim of making the state an investment hub. Such projects, includes: The Benin River Port Project (Gelegele Seaport)[20] The Benin Industrial Park[21][22] Modular Refinery Project[23] Technology hubs[24] Edojobs Asides his infrastructural projects, he has also enacted a number of social development initiatives. The state government has proposed to build about 200 Primary Healthcare Centres. Obaseki’s focus in the health sector is to develop a viable primary healthcare system to provide affordable and accessible health care services to people in the state. He is also pioneering a state-backed health insurance scheme to provide a robust sector that will attract private investors[25]. In education, Obaseki launched the Edo Basic Education Transformation (Edo BEST)[26] programme, an initiative to train and equip public school teachers with top-of-the-range skills and expertise for deploying Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in classrooms to improve learning outcomes. There is also a strong emphasis on technical education, which led to the revamping of the Government Science and Technical College (formerly Benin Technical College) to train workforce in the state. He has also contributed to the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration.[27]

March 2014 — March 2016

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Politics and Public Policy In an article by Vanguard daily, he was tagged the “Wake and See Governor.”[14] [15]Pundits say this is because he prefers working and delivering infrastructural projects without prior fanfare or needless rhetoric.[16] Before becoming the Edo State Governor, Obaseki served as Chairman of the Economic and Strategy Team (EST)[3]. In that capacity, he pioneered a number of policy reforms that saw the state restructure its public finance, secure funding for infrastructure and improve the business environment to attract investment in power, agriculture and other critical sectors. Obaseki was also instrumental in attracting the Edo-Azura power project, with support from World Bank to the state. Aside these, some of his other reforms include:[17] injecting a culture of regular retreats as a platform for engagement and consensus building in planning, executing and evaluating state development initiatives and their outcomes N25 Billion Infrastructure Development Bond from the Nigerian Capital Market in 2010 inspiring Sector-based Economic Summits and Policy Dialogue Series For seven years in the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor, he served as voluntary Chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team as well as Chairman of Tax Assessment Review Committee for Edo State Internal Revenue Service (TARC) and the Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), respectively[11]. He was Secretary of the Committee on the Implementation of the Law Establishing the present Edo University, Iyamho, and member of the Committee on Contributory Pension Scheme and Edo SEEFOR/DPO Steering Committee, respectively. Before serving at the sub-national level, Obaseki served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System[11], which facilitated the introduction of the contributory pension scheme and other novel pension reforms. He also served on the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act[18]. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council. He is a Trustee of the Dr Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family-owned Non-Governmental Organization NGO.

Early Days

Schooling Education

Obaseki thereafter proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics. For his mandatory one year National Youth Service, he served in Jos, Plateau State. He later left Nigeria for the United States to attend Columbia University and Pace University in New York, where he obtained an MBA in Finance and International Business.[10] Obaseki is the founding secretary, (1992), of a US-based Africa Chamber of Commerce. He was also a Director of Junior Achievement of Nigeria – the local affiliate of international Not For Profit Organisation

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Obaseki is married to Betsy Bene Obaseki, a financial expert. She holds BSc. and MSc. in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and an alumnus of the Keliog’s School of Business Executive Management Programme, USA

Skill & Endeavours

In education, Obaseki launched the Edo Basic Education Transformation (Edo BEST)[26] programme, an initiative to train and equip public school teachers with top-of-the-range skills and expertise for deploying Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in classrooms to improve learning outcomes. There is also a strong emphasis on technical education, which led to the revamping of the Government Science and Technical College (formerly Benin Technical College) to train workforce in the state. He has also contributed to the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration

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