Edo Govt To Demolish Illegal Structures

 

The Edo State Government is set to commence the demolition of illegal structures erected on government property, including public schools and waterways in Benin City and other major settlements in the state.

The Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Erimona Edorodion, announced this in a statement on Thursday.

The exercise will also affect roof eave-extensions and structures erected on the right of way of roads, moats, riverbanks, as well as buildings closed to high tension lines of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Dr Edorodion explained that said the exercise became necessary to address the challenges of poor living and working environment and incessant cases of flooding in urban centres.

He said, “The exercise will involve development control activities to ensure that illegal structures which are poorly constructed and wrongly sited are demolished.

“It will also ensure that developments that are involved in the unlawful discharge of sewage and industrial wastes into our environment are sanctioned.”

“This is in accordance with the provisions of the State’s Extant Town Planning and Environmental Laws and Regulations and to ensure that our living and working environment is safe, healthy, convenient and aesthetically pleasing,” he added.

The commissioner asked developers to demolish or remove illegal structures and reinstate such land to its original status prior to the illegal construction.

He warned property owners and developers involved in the violation of the state’s environmental laws to desist from such practice.

Dr Edorodion said, “The relevant ministry shall enforce the provisions of the Extant Environmental and Town Planning Laws of the State, to control illegal development.

“The cost of such action shall be recovered from the violators in a law court of competent jurisdiction and they shall be prosecuted accordingly.”

Gunmen Abduct Two Persons In Benin City

The police have confirmed the abduction of two persons by gunmen in Benin city, Edo State capital.

The victims were abducted on Sunday morning around the Ogba Zoological Garden Area of airport road where the abductors were said to have led their captives through a nearby river to an unknown destination.

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The Edo State commissioner of police, Dan Mallam Mohammed who confirmed the incident explained that rescue efforts are ongoing and joint action of the police and other security agencies has led to the demolition of kidnappers’ camp in the area.

Fire Guts Spare Parts Market In Edo

 

A fire incident has destroyed about one hundred shops with goods stored in them at the Uwelu motor spare parts market in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The Chairman of the Motor Spare Parts Association, Uwelu branch, Ibie Osaretin, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television, said they got the fire alert around 11:00 pm on Monday.

 

According to him, they were, however, unable to salvage the situation early enough to recover goods from the shops.

 

 

He, therefore, appealed to the government and relevant bodies to come to the aid of the traders so that they can recover their loss and return to business.

Channels TV visited the scene of the incident and some of the traders were in tears as they lamented and counted their losses.

 

Also speaking on the matter, the Vice-Chairman of the Egor Local Government Area where the market is situated assured the traders that the government would intervene in their predicament.

 

Eight Killed In Benin Road Accident

At least eight persons are feared dead after a tipper truck loaded with sand crushed a commercial bus carrying passengers along the upper Sakponba road in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The accident which happened on Tuesday morning was said to be as a result of the tipper’s failed brakes which subsequently caused it to lose control and collide with the bus.

Among those who died were the driver of the bus, the conductor as well as women and children.

Meanwhile, angry commercial bus drivers and community youths are now rioting over the incident calling on the state government to urgently create parks for them and regulate the activities of tipper truck drivers.

Edo Traders Seek Establishment Of International Market

Traders at the New Benin market in Benin City, the Edo state capital, are appealing to the state government to establish an international market, that will help to put a permanent end to the menace of street trading.

The traders under the aegis of the Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria who made this appeal during a peaceful march to the Government House in Benin City also maintained that it is only when alternative measures have been put in place that the government can succeed in its bid to end street trading in the state.

Matching through various streets the traders said they are in full support of the government’s decision to sanitize the state but that should be done with their welfare given careful consideration

A trader, Mrs. Nosa Nosakhare said, “The shops in new Benin market cannot contain 25,000 people and they are very expensive but along the walk way you can do business with as little as 10,000 Naira but you need up to 300,000 Naira to rent a shop in the existing markets before you can set up a business.”

Another trader Mrs. Doris Ehigiamose also added that, “Its not that we like shading on the road but at least the governor should open a market for us to sell, but now it is like he wants us to leave the walk way but didn’t make another provision for us.”

The President of the Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria, Mr. Lucky Orukpe also said the government is being misinformed about the reason why people chose to trade on walk ways.

“Before you can rent a shop in any of the markets here in Benin city you must meet three conditions which will cost you over 300,000 Naira”

The traders were also at the Government House to register their complains, although no government official was available to receive them.

However, this protest by the traders is coming on the heels of the decision by the government to upscale action against street and walk ways traders in major cities of the state.

Religious Diversity Is A Blessing – Gov. Obaseki

Religious Diversity Is A Blessing - Gov. Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has implored the citizens to show more respect for the religious diversity in the state, which he said adds more strength.

He stated this position when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Edo state chapter led by its chairman, Mr Yusuf Bako, in Government House, Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The Governor said,”We have to respect our diversity that is the strength of the state, as all Nigerians are represented here in Edo state, the diversity is what has made us special and unique”.

He also maintained that the inter-religious body is needed now that the peace in country is being threatened by insecurity, adding that a regular meeting between the Christian and Muslim bodies constituted in the state early 2017 will help tackle the security challenges.

Earlier in his address, Mr Bako solicited for piece of land within Government House for the building of a mosque for Muslims to worship.

He equally appealed for allocation of a wider plot of land within the state capital for Muslims in the state to worship.

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB Registration

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB RegistrationThe House of Representatives has called for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, with the House Committee on Basic Education summoning the JAMB Registrar to appear before it for explanation on some of the issues.

The lawmakers also asked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to deploy safety equipment at each examination centre, to avoid stampede due to overcrowding.

Some prospective candidates raised concern on difficulty to complete their registration, even as the April 20 deadline for registration exercise draws nearer.

The candidates, while speaking to Channels Television at the Jamb Zonal Office in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, urged the management of the Board to make more facilities and personnel available, in order to ease the stress of registration.

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In Edo

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In EdoThe Edo State Government has launched the State Integrated Information Management System (SIFIMS), as part of efforts to reposition civil service in the state.

In his address at an event which took place at the banquet hall of the Government House in Benin City, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration is committed to a transparent governance which will be driven by technology.

The Governor who described SIFIMS as a revolution, noted that it was a bold step for Edo State to launch such system, stressing the need to reposition the civil service.

“Nigeria worked because the civil service worked; the civil service worked because there were processes and systems that made it work.

“This provided the platform for the successes recorded by the government, which were deliberately implemented and enforced,” he said.

The Accountant-General of Edo State, Mr Isaac Ehiozuwa, praised Governor Obaseki for his desire to run and ensure a transparent and effective governance through the system.

He noted that all is set to run the system in the state, saying those involved have been fully trained while all financial transactions of the state would be done through the use of the computers.

Edo Set To Hold 5th Edition Of Okpekpe Road Race

All is now set for the 5th edition of the Okpekpe Road Race which is scheduled for May 13, 2017 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local government area of Edo state.

Addressing journalists at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, a team from the organising committee led by Mike Itemuagbor, disclosed that the event has seen some upgrades including a mobile app for access to competition details and the use of transponders and trackers to eliminate cheats.

He disclosed further that the 10km Okpekpe Road Race which is a bronze category event of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), will make Edo state a tourist attraction.

Itemuagbor added that athletes from 11 countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Turkey, Germany, Bahrain, Morocco, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and Nigeria, are expected to participate in this year’s edition.

He assured participants of improvements in the competition particularly the VIP race.

“We want to do an effective VIP race, especially those that would run for a cause,” the committee leader stated.

On his part, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, lauded the organisers for the innovations in the 2017 edition.

Edo Govt. To Settle Outstanding Pension Allowances

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government has restated its commitment to improving the welfare of retired workers in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, gave the assurance when he received a team from the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Edo state chapter at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

Obaseki said the state government will ensure a long lasting solution to all the pension related disputes, adding that all outstanding allowances owed the retired workers will be cleared before the end of 2017.

“Where are those who already earn pension, we have them. What are they earning is it realistic, that is what we call harmonisation, which we have to deal with.

“But more importantly where are those who have worked and have not gotten even pension or gratuity, shouldn’t we deal with those ones first.

“2015, 2014, 2013 to 2012, I am hoping that by the end of this year I will be current”, he said.

The governor also insisted that local government pensioners are not included in the bailout package.

“I cannot run local government by bailout, money that comes from Abuja, yes we use it to pay teachers. How much is generated as revenues, government revenues can only be collected by government officials so that we can account for.

“Those revenues are what we use to pay salaries, pay pension and do the work of the local government”, he stated.

Edo Govt. To Partner With NIW Towards Welding

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government, has agreed to partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), towards a fabrication village in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the institute on a working visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Obaseki lauded the institute for its numerous achievements in the areas of welding and fabrication, adding that the state would cash in on its technologies and vocational initiatives to create a fabrication village in the state.

He said, the fabrication village would be situated near a power generation station which would also allow for small and medium scale businesses to thrive contributing to economic growth.

“We are repositioning our state and NIW is a key plank for this revolution.

“Edo would like to go into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute on how to accomplish a fabrication village.

“We have registered about 40,000 in our database for unemployed youths in the state”. Obaseki stated.

Obaseki further stressed that the government has plans to promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

“We will select those who are interested in welding and train them.

“We believe that when they have gone through the training and start their own welding business, it will tame the quest to travel abroad in search for greener pasture”, he stated.

The head of NIW delegation, Dr. Solomon Edeberi, said the body is seeking cooperation from the state government, in areas of a fabrication yard and overall industrialization of the state.

He maintained that a fabrication village in the state will boost job creation and promote a clean environment.

Elder Statesman, Samuel Ogbemudia Laid To Rest

ogbemudia3The remains of late elder statesman and two-time Governor of Mid-Western State and later Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd), has been laid to rest.

Dr. Ogbemudia was buried at his residence in Ihaya Street, Benin City, following an interdenominational service held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the Edo State capital.

A combined team of clergymen from the Christian Association of Nigeria, Edo and Delta chapters took charge of proceedings at the venue.

Family, friends, close associates, past and serving Governors of Edo and Delta states, as well as members of National Assembly and their state counterparts also witnessed the ceremony where they paid their last respects to the two-time Governor.

In a sermon titled “the man and his works”, Bishop Oyonude Kure said the late Ogbemudia by his laudable achievements as an administrator lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Shortly after the sermon there were tributes from former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro among others.

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Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday, March 9 at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.