Edo State Gov, Obaseki

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has warned members of the public against fraudsters using his name to solicit for funds on social media.

The governor who raised the alarm in a statement issued on Thursday in Benin, disclosed that some fraudsters went about defrauding unsuspecting members of the public on fake digital platforms, purportedly belonging to him.

The statement signed by Crusoe Osagie, the Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, explained that the criminals used all kinds of tactics, including posing as the Governor of Edo State or his agents, who could give jobs, contracts and other favours for a fee.

The governor advised his growing number of supporters on the various digital media channels to be circumspect and disregard the antics of the fraudsters.

“Our attention has been drawn to this extremely fraudulent act. As a state government, we do not advertise jobs or contracts on my personal website, Facebook, Instagram pages or twitter handle. We have specialised ministries and agencies that handle such and related matters,” he said.

“We do not collect money for jobs or contracts. Our employment process is transparent and job seekers compete for the available job opportunities. Our contractors go through standard procurement process to secure jobs or contracts.

The governor, who assured that his administration is committed to transforming Edo into a modern State, added; “We are humbled by our rising profile on the various digital media platforms and the kind comments of the growing number of followers. We appreciate your suggestions and constructive criticisms and are inspired by them to do more.”