Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Monday donated two million naira to a widow he allegedly insulted while on an inspection tour of the state. The widow, Mrs Joy Ifije, who was invited to the Edo Government House by the governor, was also offered automatic employment by Oshiomhole.
Recently, a video showed the governor ordering the seizure of some goods belonging to a resident of the state, who was allegedly a road side hawker, caused a furore on social media. Governor Oshiomhole had asked that the woman’s goods be confiscated for breaking traffic laws but upon hearing her pleas for mercy on grounds that she was a widow, the Governor said “you are a widow, go and die.” This statement caused a backlash from citizens both within and outside Nigeria. [See Video Below]
Oshiomhole had invited the widow to personally apologise to her over his uncomplimentary remark that had generated controversies in the conventional and social media in the last few weeks.
‘’ Let me apologise to you for the way I spoke to you, I am very sorry about the statement.
``I have also realised that even in anger, one could still achieve the same result that he set out to without provocative outburst.
‘’ I apologise from the bottom of my heart, but sometimes you get angry when people compromise your efforts.’’
He said that government was trying to change the face of the state capital by doing its best to make the city beautiful.
The governor said that it was frustrating and bad for some people to truncate government efforts.
He stressed that trading on the road and walk ways could hinder free flow of traffic as well as cause accidents.
Oshiomhole, therefore, appealed to the widow to join in the campaign against road and walkways trading.
The governor said that exposing consumables to unhygienic sanitary conditions could also cause ''disease and pose dangerous health hazards to humans''.
Oshiomhole, who also announced the automatic employment to the widow, said that the employment would help her ease the burden of widowhood and give her children good and proper education.
He further assured the widow that his family would assist the widow’s second child in furthering his education, while also appealing to her to resist the temptation of law breaking.
The widow had earlier apologised to the governor for her action, saying ‘’ I know I was wrong, that was why I quickly knelt down to beg when I realised I was face to face with the Governor’’.
She promised to work with the state government in its campaign against street trading and obstruction.
She also promised to make judicious use of the money donated to her by the governor.