The Edo State Government has dismissed alleged reports by the United States (U.S.) branding the state a security risk and advising its citizens not to travel to the area.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said it was unimaginable that Edo was listed as a risk state, just as he flayed the parameter the U.S. Government used to draw its conclusions.
The statement said it was a contradiction for the U.S. to list the state as risky even when the World Bank had commended the state government on its development strides.
The said travel advisory was issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which listed Edo as unsafe for visitors during this holiday season. But the statement from the SSG read: "We find it laughable that Edo State is on the list, and this might suggest that the U.S. Department of State is not in tune with events in Nigeria.
"While we are unclear on the parameters used by the Department of State, we however make bold to state, and this can be confirmed from the security agencies in the country, that Edo State is the safest in the South-South region of Nigeria and one of the safest in the country."
Friday, 28 December 2012