​Edo govt faults US Consulate on travel ban

*Says listing Edo State was an error and misrepresentation of affairs

BENIN CITY—THE Edo State Government has described as an error of judgment, the travel ban placed by United States Consulate on her citizens, who intends to visit Edo State, saying that the action was a pure misrepresentation of the state of affairs in the state.

It will be recalled that the US Consulate had asked its citizens to stay away from 21 states in the country including Edo due to alleged insecurity.

But reacting, yesterday, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua, in a statement, recalled that “barely a week ago, the Edo State governor received a delegation of the United States Consulate led by the Consul-General, John Bray and Michael Harvey, Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, on July 26, in Benin City when the delegation visited the Azura Power Plant to ascertain the progress of this $1billion investment in the power sector.

“The delegation did not only have a hitch-free, two days fact finding visit to the power plant, they had opportunity to interact with other stakeholders particularly those who are contesting the September 10, Edo State gubernatorial election.

“The delegation returned to Lagos without any security threat. Placing a travel ban on their citizens who are willing to visit and or do business in Edo State following our huge investment in economic infrastructure and security architecture, is a mis-representation of the state of affairs in Edo State.

“The governor’s investment in the security sub-sector has created the enabling environment across the state that now attracts investors to the state.”

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