The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, says the palace will set up a liaising team that will work with the Danish government in proffering permanent solution to irregular migration and human trafficking in the city.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the monarch disclosed this at his palace on Tuesday when he played host to the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jesper Kamp.
The move, according to the monarch, is to facilitate a workable blueprint with foreign nations to reduce the menace and other social crimes associated with human trafficking.
The Oba noted that social welfare intervention and job opportunities by foreign nations would serve as huge panacea for the scourge of irregular migration in the country.
The monarch solicited for the assistance of foreign governments and international organisations in stamping out the menace.
Speaking, Kamp said that the efforts of the monarch in curbing human trafficking had been globally recognised as a tangible symbol of distinction.
He explained that the Danish government had concluded arrangement to partner with the palace and government agencies in various ways that would reduce the menace to the bearest minimum.
The ambassador described Oba Ewuare as champion in the global fight against human trafficking.
Edited & Vetted By: Olawunmi Ashafa and
Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu
Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.
According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.
“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.
“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.
“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.
In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.
The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.
“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.
“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.
Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.
Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.
He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.
He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.
“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.
“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.
He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.
“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.
Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party.
Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Pensioners throw weight behind Gov. Obaseki’s 2nd term bid
Some pensioners in Dagbala, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his prompt payment of salaries pensions.
Mr Rufus Adogame, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners in the area, gave the commendation at Dagbara Ward 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign ground.
“In the past, pensioners did get their pay after two or three months. But Obaseki has changed this narrative. We now get our pay as early as between the 24th and 26th of each month.
“We are here today to campaign for Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term election and we are sure of his victory.
“Today, we want to assure him that we are ready to work for his re-election. His developmental strides have qualified him to contest under our great party, PDP,” he said.
Adogame further said that the people were happy for all the great things Obaseki was doing for them, and that they would mobilise for his re-election on Sept. 19.
Also speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Mr Tunde Akogun, said that the people needed a man that was honest and committed to the development of the state.
“We all know the history of how pensioners took over the streets of Benin, but today that narrative has been changed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
Akogun called on the people to come out in their large numbers to re-elect the governor at the Sept. 19 governorship poll.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Edo 2020: Edo Deputy Speaker, other members pledge support for Ize-Iyamu
Similarly, Emmanuel Agbage (Akoko-Edo Constituency 2); Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East Constituency); Dumez Ugiagbe, member-elect (Ovia North East Constituency 1); and Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect (Ovia North East Constituency 2) also pledged their support for the Edo APC candidate.
Speaking during a solidarity visit to Ize-Iyamu in Benin on Monday, the members of EDHA said they would not defect from APC to another party and had endorsed Ize-Iyamu as their governorship candidate.
The deputy speaker said he was elected under the APC platform and was ready to work for the party to emerge victorious in the governorship election.
“There is no reason for me to defect to another party because there is no single project in my village to show under this present administration.
“I am from Shomorika in Akoko Edo Local Government Area (LGA) and my village is the most backward in Akoko Edo,” he said.
Agbaje added that the APC in Edo had seen a wasted four years under the Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration and was ready to go to the next level with Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
“There are clear reasons why we are standing for our party, because what would have been our problem in making progress has left us.
“I want to assure Edo people that with the emergence of Ize-Iyamu, Edo will move forward,” he said.
In his remark, Ize-Iyamu said that the Obaseki-led administration had divided the state by depriving the elected members of the EDHA of representing their constituencies.
“Over a year, 14 members have not been allowed to occupy their seats and over half of the state have been deprived of fair representation.
“The deputy speaker of the house has come to show courage and integrity that he can no longer support Gov. Obaseki.
“In a house of 24 members, 17 are no longer supporting Gov. Obaseki; meaning the house has fallen apart,” Ize-Iyamu said.
He gave an assurance of harnessing the tourism potential in Shomorika via his Simple Agenda manifesto when elected as Edo governor.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)