Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday led other participants in a 12-kilometre road walk in Benin City tagged “Walk for Life”, assuring that the exercise will be a monthly exercise.
The governor who flagged off the exercise at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, said the exercise was designed to help improve the health status of participants.
The maiden edition of the road walk covered major roads in the state capital and including Akenzua, Plymouth road, Ring road through Akpakpava to Ramat park and terminated at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
“I think what we have demonstrated today is that we are all fit by the Grace of God and not by our power and that we are ready to lead our people by example.
“The walk for life road walk is an initiative of the state’s ministry for sports to encourage our parents, citizens of Edo, sportsmen and women to remain healthy.
“The reason for this exercise is to arrest the menace of sudden deaths, especially through slumping in our society today where people cannot even walk half a kilometre without grasping for breath.
“I am glad to see all of you participate in this maiden edition and I expect that it will be a monthly affair even though you don’t see government officials in this number. It is always good to be healthy and remain healthy and in order to remain healthy is into continue to exercise.
“When we ask our people to walk, they think it is punishment but when they see us walking down to Ramat Park, it’s not because we are poor, it’s because it is good for our health and life.
“I believe we are much fitter now than we were two hours ago. As you can see, those of us referred to as elders are much younger by this exercise.”
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Chris Okaeben said, “I will not be making any mistake to say that what we have done is nothing less than 12km walk.”
He stated some benefits from the “Walk for Life” to include; “healthy life, keeping Edo workers fit and to let our enemies knows that we are fit to serve”, he said.
Some of the participants in the maiden edition of the exercise include the Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, Chief of Staff to Government House, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, Civil Commissioners, among others.