Obaseki: We didn’t withhold Oba of Benin allocation beyond 4 months

The governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki has declared that he did not withhold allocations to the Oba of Benin Palace in Benin and other traditional rulers beyond four months in the ongoing State government’s implementation of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979, especially as relates to section 45 of the edict.

FILE: GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI WELCOMING HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, EWUARE II, THE OBA OF BENIN TO NOVEMBER 2022 ALAGHODARO SUMMIT IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE, BENIN CITY.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr Chris Nehikhare on Thursday, denied claims that the fund was withheld for a longer period.

He said, “recently, in the wake of some disagreement among some traditional rulers in the State, the traditional rulers agreed with the State government to temporarily warehouse the fund in a central pool until the administrative issues were addressed. This was between April 2023 and July 2023″, according to him”.

He reiterated that the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II”, whose position is not contestable in a brazen attempts by the government to divide Benin Kingdom, remains “head of all the traditional rulers and Chiefs in Edo State”.

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