Oba Ewuare II of Benin, has given his royal blessing to plans by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state to transform the Gelegele seaport with the inauguration of a Committee.
The Oba, on his first official post-coronation outing when he visited the Government House, Benin, assured Governor Obaseki after a closed door meeting: “you have my full support”.
In a statement by John Mayaki, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, also quoted Oba Ewuare II as saying issues of mutual cooperation were discussed during the meeting and that the Benin Palace was ready to partner with the state government for the development of the state.
The Benin Monarch said he was passionate about the establishment of the proposed Export Free Processing Zone in Gelegele, Ovia North East Local Government.
The Benin Monarch explained that instead of Gelegele Seaport, he chose to focus on Export Free Zone because he was so advised by experts, adding that he and governor Obaseki also discussed roads that will link up with the Export Free Zone and the Gelegele Seaport among other things.
According to him, “I am passionate about the Export Free Processing Zone. That is what the Federal Government will easily accept. The Gelegele seaport will be tied to the Export Free Processing Zone project for the evacuation of proceeds”.
The Oba said the governor is not just a politician, but a technocrat, urging him to match words with action as he has always done.
On his part, Governor Obaseki informed the Monarch that he has made difficult but necessary decision in the last 70 days of his administration, particularly dealing with the issue of financial and fiscal responsibility through the production of a budget proposal that will take the state out of the current economic challenges.
Obaseki said he has secured the confidence from several investors in China, willing to invest in different sectors of the state’s economy, just as he would soon send a bill criminalizing activities of Community Development Associations in the state to the House of Assembly.
The governor noted that without proper land administration, his administration would not able to create the promised 200,000 jobs.