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April 17, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/16be3860c840cc09ad116a7b446d58d9_view.jpg[/img] Oba of Benin, Otaru of Auchi and Oba Danise II of South Ibvie, during the visit Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Ikelebe III gives insight into Oba’s meeting with traditional rulers of Edo North Penultimate Saturday, the joyous mood of indigenes and residents of Auchi town, who trooped to the Otaru’s Palace, was an indication that an important guest was about to visit Auchi and was being eagerly awaited. Most residents woke up that morning to find an unusually clean town, as major streets wore new and beautiful looks. At the Otaru’s end of the town, palace officials kept regular communication with the Oba’s Palace in Benin City. Indeed, men were deployed from the Otaru’s Palace to all strategic points in the town to direct the august visitors to the Otaru’s Palace once they arrived town. At about 2:45 p.m., the convoy of the OmoN’Oba N’Edo Ukuapolokpolo arrived Auchi and headed straight for the Otaru’s Palace, where notable traditional rulers from Edo North alongside its sons, daughters and elites from the senatorial district gathered to receive the OmoN’Oba. On why the journey from Benin to Auchi took the OmoN’Oba and his entourage such a long time, the Oba was quoted as saying, “I did not quite anticipate that the Benin/Auchi Road was in such a deplorable state.” This road happens to be one of the major links between the south and northern parts of Nigeria. Palace Watch had an interview with the Otaru of Auchi Kingdom on the visit. How will you assess the reign of OmoN’oba Eware 11 so far? I believe leaders are inspired to seek the common good of their people. It is also my belief that most kings are appointed by Almighty Allah, although there are some leaders, who one could safely say, are not too endowed with the spirit of Almighty in their rulership. But with regards to the OmoN’Oba Ewuare II, he is a man with an excellent spirit and administrative skills, no matter what some people might say. These skills he has aptly demonstrated during his tour of duties as Nigerian Ambassador to so many world countries. As expected, he is bringing this rich background to bear on the management and administration of the traditional institutions in Edo Kingdom. During his coronation recently, we all saw the assemblage of men and women of quality from diverse cultures and backgrounds that graced the occasion. Oba Ewuare II, in a deliberate attempt to demonstrate that he is clear-headed about what he wants for his Kingdom in particular, as well as other kingdoms alongside the good of the entire Edo State, immediately he ascended the throne of his ancestors, curbed the recklessness of land grabbers in Benin City and its environs. This particular action helped to check activities of known and unknown land grabbers in Benin and its surroundings. Previously, this ugly trend was becoming an embarrassment, as we had a situation, where youths went about grabbing lands that did not belong to them. They were also selling such land to one or more persons, thus creating lot of commotion, confusion and pains all over the city. But the Oba came in and said, “No, this can no longer be allowed to continue in this city.” This type of action is a mark and quality of a focused leader. I must say though that land racketeering and such other vices were not restricted to Benin City alone, as it was also occurring here in Auchi. Before OmoN’Oba’s decisive intervention, the problem of land grabbing and racketeering was more pronounced in Benin and Edo State in particular. I was, therefore, not surprised, when Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State took it up immediately. This has now kick-started a major step towards comprehensive Land Reform in Edo State. This is because the governor has come to realize that once miscreants are allowed to take over the land and deploy them to reckless use, a time will come, when the state government will need land(s) for meaningful developmental purpose, and there would be no land for such. Another bold step being taken by Oba Ewuare is the effort and spirit of having one common language for all Edo speaking people. He is presently working very hard to ensure that this objective is realized. Does that mean as an Esan or Estako person, I will now have to learn to speak the Benin dialect, whether I like it or not? No this is not exactly the position of things. Mind you, this is not the first time this initiative is being introduced. Chief Anthony Enahoro of blessed memory once initiated the idea of one language for Edo State. The realisation of this objective might not be during our own time. What is important is for us to work on it, and get credible people to sit down to consider how we can marry these dialectical variances of all the people of Edo State and then have one acceptable language. It can be done. It is possible. I am not saying everybody in Edo State will be forced to speak Benin, for instance. No, this is not the idea and this was not the issue, when Chief Enahoro first mooted the idea. What is of importance is for us to come up with one common Edo language that will be acceptable to all. This can be done. Of course, some of our linguistic and history professors have said it is possible and of course, if we all put our heart to it, it will be done, Insha Allah. I believe there are some other issues that have been raised, which, when the international seminar/council for the state is inaugurated, all the gray areas and fears of our people will be adequately thrashed and taken care of. So, why is His Royal Highness in Edo North? Oba Ewuare II came visiting in the spirit of unity. He craves and wants one united, indivisible and focused Edo State people. This is the way I look at the visit. To me, he is a very simple man. You just need to know him to know that his heart is pure. He desires that Edo State people should have a common approach to all the good things of life; and that we spread from here to such places as the South-South and then across the country. He strongly believes that the Edo State people have something to offer all the segments making up Nigeria. He simply wants Edo State to be a model. This is precisely what Oba Ewuare II is navigating now. What was the kernel of your remarks, during the opening speech? I just highlighted the events that have taken place in recent time. For example, it was obvious for all to see that Oba Ewuare II had a very grand coronation. Indeed, I have never seen any other event(s) better organised or more glamorous anywhere in and outside Nigeria than that. The event was a takeoff, opening the gate of light into Benin Kingdom, in particular and Edo State in general. This was for all of us to see and appreciate. It was for us all to know for sure how it came and what it was. By the world standard, that coronation was a spectacle to behold. It was beautiful and dignifying. That paved the way for various other things the Oba wants to do. He has planned to visit other senatorial districts in Edo State. He told me he is also going to pay similar visits to other parts of the country, just to appreciate all the people that came for his coronation. He will personally go to appreciate and thank all those kings, obas, emirs and obis that graced his coronation from various parts of the world.” So, what have the Edo North Traditional Rulers gained from this visit? The visit re-created the much-desired unity among the traditional rulers and institutions in Edo State. This is a good omen. A few of our brother traditional rulers do not have the spirit or more appropriately, the know-how to negotiate and do things that will strengthen the cohesion among ourselves, thereby promoting commendable spirit in the administration of traditional and cultural values, which will bring about the unity of Edo people. This interaction will invariably become the basis for traditional rulers to discuss and initiate projects for government to work on. What was the significance of your four-year-old son presenting the Holy Qur’an to Oba Ewuare II at the occasion? My son, Aliru Momoh Mumin, who presented the Qur’an to Oba Ewuare II, is presently memorising the Holy Qur’an, with the hope that by the time he is 10, he would have successfully completed the entire Qur’an. We wanted to present the OmoN’Oba with the Qur’an, but it occurred to me he should recite a verse, i.e. any Surah in the Qur’an before the presentation. We had to pick the boy from school and I told him to decide on the Surah he would recite at the occasion. Later, the teacher came to tell me that the boy had decided to recite “Suratu AL-NUR (The Light)” in Chapter 24 of the Qur’an. It reads: “With the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful. This is a highly dignified Surah, which We have revealed and the ordinances of which We have made obligatory and We have revealed in it clear commandments so that you may rise to great eminence.” This Surah is in nine parts. The magical thing was that, after the recitation of the Surah and presentation of the Qur’an, to the surprise of all those present, the heavens opened and it rained heavily. You know what? It has not rained in Auchi for quite sometime now. This was a sign of good and wonderful things to come. That was the climax of the event. By: Gabriel Omonhinmin

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April 8, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/9b000ff937acd831a8784e771ee63f94_view.png[/img] Oba Ewuare II of Benin BENIN—INDIGENES of Edo North senatorial district of Edo State, made up of six local government areas, have stepped up preparations towards the hosting of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba Ewuare II. The Benin monarch is expected to undertake an appreciation visit to the communities that make up the entire Afemai or Edo North senatorial district of the state. A statement yesterday, in Benin by Alhaji Usman Abudah, the Artistic Director and Head of the Publicity Committee for the visit, said that the Palace of Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, will host a meeting of all Edo North traditional rulers with the Benin monarch. The statement added that the Oba’s visit which is a continuation of his visits to communities in the state, was to appreciate the people for their solidarity and support during the burial of Oba Erediauwa and his own coronation. The statement noted that traditional dance troupes and masquerades from communities in Etsako West, East and Central, Owan East and West and Akoko-Edo, the six councils that make up the senatorial district, are expected to grace the occasion. By: Gabriel Enogholase

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April 3, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/8c69681317545d90069333e079506797_view.png[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki and French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer The French government has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Edo state government in its efforts to boost the economy of the state by investing in agriculture and technology. This was disclosed when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer visited the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at Government House Benin City in march 31st, 2017. According to the Ambassador, “We are in Edo State to see what areas we can collaborate or do more in bi-lateral relationship. I have done financing of development projects in many parts of Nigeria, but we have not been present in the state. French Development Agency has provided more than one billion Euros in soft loan to finance projects in Nigeria, especially in the electricity sector. We are hoping to be here”. Gauer, speaking after a tour of the Lady Mechanic workshop at the Government House, expressed delight on the successes recorded by the Obaseki’s administration so far, and for creating an enabling environment for women to thrive. “I am pleased with what I saw here today. I am very impressed; ladies are doing a man’s job. This activity is to show to women that mechanic activities are a positive one as it puts food on their tables and earns them a living. We are going to invest in the state to help provide more jobs for the people”. Responding, Governor Obaseki appreciated the agency’s investment in Traffic management, Transportation, Electricity, SMEs etc. revealing that his administration was ready to collaborate with the French Government through the French Development Agency. He noted that both parties had exchanged views and contacts and that in the next few weeks, his administration would be in contact with the agencies, while he hoped that the contact would yield positive results. Meanwhile, he addressed the issue of human trafficking, saying that his administration was doing all in its power to discourage the phenomenon. By: SIMON EBEGBULEM

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March 18, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/e350429d6281d2a73f2cf22f4dd25bee_view.jpg[/img] Fulani Herdsmen - Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen struck on Thursday, March 17 in Edo state - The gunmen swooped on travelers along the busy Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway and kidnapped 15 persons - They also killed the immediate past chairman of Etsako-east local government area in the state A report by Leadership indicates that gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen struck along the busy Benin - Auchi - Okene Highway on Thursday, March 17 in Edo state. The herdsmen killed the immediate past chairman of Etsako-east local government area in the state, Mr Suleiman Afegbua. They also kidnapped 15 travelers along the busy Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway according to the report. The armed men were said to have stopped many of the motorists at the popular Ogbemudia Farm at Iguevbihobo village where they searched all occupants of the vehicles after the victims laid face down on the road. It was gathered that the late Afegbua attempted to escape from the scene of the attack when the gunmen opened fire at him. He died at the spot while other occupants of the vehicles trapped were taken to an unknown location. It was gathered that the late Afegbua was on his way to Benin when he met his sudden death. The late politician was a cousin to the All Progressives Congress (APC) state vice chairman, Malik Afegbua and ex-Special Adviser (SA) on media to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Prince Kassim Afegbua. But the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Edo state police command, Mr Moses Nkombe confirmed the incident but said there was no report of any abduction. He said the victims were travelling in a convoy when the armed men ambushed them at the spot and shot at them in the process. By: Jerrywright Ukwu [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/053c69d7664ffc1b241fecd8230a723f_view.jpg[/img]

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March 18, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/218ca45c4b5a9ce1ea0d183114f2a029_view.jpg[/img] Late Suleman Afegbua A grassroots politician and former Estako local government chairman in Edo state, Chief Suleman Afegbua has been assassinated by gunmen,‎ suspected to be hired assassins. It was noted that Mr. Suleman Afegbua was killed on Thursday morning, along the Benin - Auchi expressway. It was also learnt that the deceased, who hailed from Okpella community, was travelling to Benin on a convoy when he was attacked at Ogbemudia farm in Uhumwonde Local Government Area of the state. Two other persons, who were with him when the incident occurred, were also wounded by the attackers. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Edo state command, Moses Nkombe, while confirming the incident to the media said that policemen have been deployed to the area to smoke out the perpetrators. Nkombe said: “He was in a convoy going to Benin when he was attacked. He died on the spot while two others were rushed to a hospital and they are responding to treatment. “Our men are out now for the hoodlums. As we speak, our patrol team, SARS, anti-cultism teams have been sent to the area to comb the bushes around.” Meanwhile, a family source, who spoke under anonymity, said that the late Afegbua would be buried according to Muslim rites. By: Chijioke Jannah

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March 16, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/326d415aff5110731f463a9b6fbb6b16_view.gif[/img] The Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Edo state chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to establish the office of Surveyor-General to ease the work of survey and planning in the state. The Chairman of NIS, Anthony Ekhator, stated this when he led some members on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the state capital. He said no meaningful infrastructure development can take place in any society without accurate map of the state, to help government’s developmental objectives. This according to him can be made easier with professional bodies like the NIS and an office of Surveyor General to facilitate easy planning. “In the south-south states, it’s only Edo state that don’t have an office, we believe this is an opportunity because the office is an extra-procedural office. “The surveyors observe with precision, compute with accuracy, report comprehensively and cost ethically”, he said. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said his administration will work closely with the body in areas of research and planning to bring about economic development. “Every development has to occur within a certain space like you said your profession is that one that measures this space and gives development accuracy to what to do within the space. “We are not going to attract business without creating housing and other support services for the people who are going to work there. “All what you asked for we are going to do, we have the will but are you going to support us professionally to get this done”, the governor said.

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March 16, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/d95164423cc1e2c56187f5811cc87469_view.png[/img] Late Godwin Emmanuel, Head pastor of Love Fire Ministry The Head Pastor of Love Fire Ministry,Godwin Emmanuel,also known as Prophet Speed in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have been reportedly killed by Gunmen. The Benin-based pentecostal church was reported to be killed on Sunday along Oko Central road, off Airport road in Benin. According to eye witness reports, It was learnt that the deceased was on his way to deliver food items to some indigent members of his church in the area when he was attacked by the gunmen. It was also gathered that the cleric fo‎unded his church 11 months ago. The Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, could not be reached for comments. Head Pastor of Love Fire Ministry, Godwin Emmanuel But the spokesman for the church, Festus Edema, said the gunmen had pretended to be pushing a faulty vehicle off the road, and the pastor followed slowly with his own vehicle to allow them push the vehicle safely. Edema said that the attackers suddenly shot him in the chest and stomach. He explained, “The man of God stopped for them to pass so that he can have his way. He never knew that they were the people who came to attack him. “So, that was how they shot him in the chest and the stomach. Being a strong man, he still tried to put the car in reverse. “‎And as he was reversing the car, he hit a fence and they came to shoot him at a close range; that silenced him.” Some members of the church expressed shock and sadness over his death. One of them, who identified himself simply as Pastor Esquire, said that the cleric’s death had left him devastated. He said, “When I heard about the news of his death, it was devastating and shocking. It is a painful one, very painful. But God will give us the strength to go through it.” By: Tope Alabi

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March 16, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/dee5974d544b4824a61573af1dee57b4_view.jpg[/img] Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki On Taming Migration Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state says his administration will check the tide of migration through vocational training of youth to equip them with skills for gainful employment. Obaseki stated this when he received the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugee, Migration and Internally Displaced Persons Hajiya Sadiya Farouq in Government House on Wednesday Night. Obaseki, represented by his deputy Comrade Philip Shuaibu said that his administration was also leveraging on the vast opportunities inherent in the agricultural sector to create employment in the state He said that going by the state government’s plan to boost power generation, Edo will soon be an industrial hub resulting from a public- private sector driven economy. “By the time our MOU on power which will drop 5 megawatts and another 10 megawatts from Siemens for the initial phase, the issue of industries leaving Nigeria will be checked and once our people are gainfully employed, the quest to migrate will be drastically reduced”, he said. Speaking on the challenges of migration, he said that many youths had lost their lives in the name of searching for greener pasture abroad. He said that the state was ready to partner the federal government in reducing migration to the barest minimum. He added that the workshop on migration to be organized by the commission in Edo was apt expressing optimism that the resolutions would serve as working document for the state. Earlier, Farouq said the visit was to intimate the governor on a two-day workshop on migration which would commerce on Thursday in the state. She said that the essence of the workshop was to involve states and local government in the management of migration and also to sensitive the general public on the provisions of the national migration policy.

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March 10, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/2246953ff54b603231ec6977adc83498_view.jpg[/img] Late Samuel Ogbemudia - Former Governor of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has declared a seven-day period of mourning in honour of late Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, a two-time governor of Bendel State. Obaseki, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said the mourning period would begin from March 10. The governor described the death of late Ogbemudia as saddening and prayed for his soul to rest in peace. Obaseki described the deceased as “a fine military officer who helped to liberate the Mid-West region during the civil war”. He said under Ogbemudia’s administration, Bendel became a leading state in education, sports and industry. Two time Governor of Bendel, which comprised present-day Edo and Delta states, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, will be fondly remembered for the strong foundation that he laid to consolidate the infrastructural, social and economic development of both states. Amongst his several milestone achievements was the Mid-West Institute of Technology, which is now the University of Benin. As we mourn our great leader and father, we take solace in the legacies he bequeathed Edo State and indeed Nigeria.

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March 10, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/7874407150a09d594d3fd4cf5630abf6_view.jpg[/img] Barrister Eric Omare,( speaking ) IYC PRESIDENT WARRI – The President of the Ijaw Youths Council ( IYC ) , Eric Omare has said that the ownership issue of Gelegele community in Edo State, if not properly handled may lead to a serious communal crisis. Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists , NUJ Warri Correspondents Chapel, the newly elected President in company of the national spokesperson of the council, Henry Oyala and other members of his executive, which is to run the affairs of the council for the next three years, lauded the Acting President for his fact finding tour of the Niger Delta region adding that this has brought relative peace to the region. He said Gelegele community , which according to him, is an Ijaw Community, is highly impacted community and has suffered a great deal because of gas flaring which is right at the centre of the community. He said that the Acting President , Prof.Yemi Osinbanjo during his visit Edo State some days ago, was supposed to have visited the community to see things for himself and the level of impact, and thereafter give a specicif and immediate directive on how to address the issue of the gas flare. While alleging marginalization of the Ijaws in appointments and elected positions in Edo State, the IYC said the uproar that occurred mid way into the meeting with the Acting President in Edo State was not to be handled with levity as according to him, that was a “timed bomb.” “We wish to re-iterate the unhappiness of the people and call on the Prof. Osinbsjo to at least visit Gelegele to see things for himself. It is not enough for you to go to cities and hear presentations of people, but when you have first hand knowledge of some of these challenges, it will help you to address the challenges.” He said. “So , we call on Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to visit Gelegele the Ijaw community in Edo State, we have a gas flare in the community and there are a lot of health related hazards the are connected to that gas flare”. The Edo State Government had proposed the development of the Gelegele seaport to boost the economy of the state and create jobs. He named other Ijaw Communities in Edo State to include, Okomu in Ovia South West ,Abiala 1&2 in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Areas of Edo State. These Ijaw Communities have nothing to show for their God given natural resources. The IYC President insisted that they were not in agreement with the Acting President’s position that there was no need for dialogue as according to him, ” Our position is that while the fact finding tour should be used to build confidence, it should be capped up with a dialogue between the Niger Delta people and the federal government of Nigeria to address the key question of resource ownership. ” “No amount of tour or palliative measure will be enough to address the Niger Delta problem.” Barrister Eric Omare, also called on the Acting President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo to give multinational companies a time frame to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Niger Delta Region. He said, that relocating the headquarters of the oil companies was aimed at boosting the local economy of the region but emphasised that the order will not have much effect without a time frame given for the relocation. He said, ” The directive will not be a mere directive, there should be a time frame within which that directive will be carried out, because that is the only way the directive would make any sense and be useful to the Niger Delta people, on behalf of the IYC and the Niger Delta people, we call on the Acting President to direct the Minister of State Petroleum, Mr.Ibe Kachikwu to give a time frame to compel the oil companies to relocate their headquarters to Niger Delta region”. The IYC President also made case for Ogbe-Ijoh community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State by calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to rebuild community which was destroyed during the Ijaw and Aladja crisis. By: BETTY IDIALU