Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Benin Chief Lauds Erediauwa On Igue Festival

Lagos — The Odunanoba of Benin Kingdom, Chief Henry Omorodion, has congratulated His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin and the entire Bini people on the just celebrated annual Igue festival.

Speaking with newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos recently, the Bini chief noted that the festival represented a period of thanksgiving and peace and admonished all those causing unrest in the state to desist from such.

Omorodion expressed regrets over the spate of kidnappings in the state and attributed it to the fact that successive governments at different levels had not done enough to guarantee the basic things of life to the ordinary citizens of the country. He called on well-meaning indigenes of the state to come together and solve the problem since kidnapping creates fear and scares investors away from the state. He saw employment creation as a panacea for kidnapping.

He said he planned to create 500 jobs within the next one year., saying he would do this through his large and ultra-modern petroleum products depot in Koko near Benin and partnering with foreign government and investors on the development of his palm oil plantation and mill at Igbanke.

Specifically, he frowned at the Ika Language Programme aired recently on Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS), anchored by an Igbontor indigene, a platform upon which Moses Omorodion was congratulated on his ascension to the throne of the Enogie of Igbontor.

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