Oba Ewuare II, the Benin Monarch, has tasked Governor Godwin Obaseki to fulfill his campaign promises of creating 200,000 jobs for the people.
Oba Ewuare II urged Governor Obaseki to set up cottage industries that would take the youths off the street.
He spoke when Governor Obaseki paid his first official visit to the palace of the Benin Monarch.
Oba Ewuare II said his palace was ready to partner with the state government on the establishment of cluster industries otherwise known as mini industrial parks and called for the setting up of a working committee in conjunction with the palace to actualize the idea.
The Benin Monarch also urged Governor Obaseki to eradicate the menace of Community Development Association across the state.
His words, “May I use this opportunity to seek the state government’s support in eradicating the menace of Community Development Associations in Edo South in particular and Edo state in general. Most of their actions have impeded the development of our communities. For the avoidance of doubt, CDAs are not supposed to be involved in land matters. Community lands as in other matters of the community are under the enigie, odionwere or owhien as the case may be.”
“I have no doubt in my mind that you will deploy all your wealth of experience both in the private sector and in the immediate past administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to effectively utilise the human and material resources in Edo state to take it to greater heights through good governance and provide the good people of Edo state the good dividends of democracy.
“Endeavour to deliver on your campaign promises and attract more federal support and presence particularly my initial appeal to the federal government to transform Gelegele into an Export Processing Zone for agro allied industries.”
Godwin Obaseki on his part called for support from the Benin Kingdom to have a more friendly land administrative system that would be investors friendly and in tune with his administration’s desire for more development for the state.
Obaseki said his administration would ensure a friendly environment to make Edo one of the cleanest states in Nigeria.
He promised to, in the next few weeks, unveil the plans to achieve his promise of creating 200,000 jobs for the people of the state.
“This kingdom used to have the best land tenure system in Nigeria; unfortunately we have lost that pride today. We want to deal with the issue of land properly so that can attract private investment to the state; we need your support to do this.”