About 800 vacant positions in the public service of Edo in Southern Nigeria are to be filled before the end of the year.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who disclosed this at a worship service to thank God on his second term inauguration sad only professionals will be recruited.

He said “About 725 vacancies have been declared. Within a month, the recruitment of a new generation of professionals would commence in earnest. By early next year, we would have completed the process.

“We would commence intensive training early next year for 30 to 45 days, by which time most vacancies will have been filled in the public service. After this, we will announce political appointments and get political actors to join us to begin to work on our manifesto to fulfil our promises to Edo people.”

The governor thanked God for a peaceful and successful election and inauguration, and said he has started work immediately to ensure the people of Edo State enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Work starts on Monday. We have announced the appointment of Secretary to the State Government. We are expanding the transition team and they have 60 days added to the initial timeline to complete all aspects of their work.”

On the high level of insecurity in the state, Obaseki said he will be meeting with traditional leaders, leaders of churches and other community leaders in the state, soon.

“Together, we will design a new security scheme. We can’t wait for one central policing system to take care of the policing needs of Edo people.

“We have already graduated the first batch of 877 of the 2000 community constables that have been trained by the Nigeria Police Force. They would be deployed to various communities to work with local community arrangements to ensure effective coordination and keep criminals out of the state.”

He also said, “We have acquired about 25 hectares of land to build our own state correctional facility so that the whole Justice train is complete.”

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