Moat Recovery: Oba of Benin Tasks C’ttee

Moat recovery: Oba of Benin tasks C’ttee

By TESSY OTENE Last updated:


BENIN CITY- The Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa has charged the Edo State Taskforce on Illegal Structures, Street Trading and Traffic Obstruction to help the palace recover the Benin traditional moat for the kingdom.

Oba Erediauwa gave the charge when members of the taskforce led by its Chairman Major Lawrence Loye (rtd), paid a courtesy visit to the palace weekend.

The Oba said there was need for the task force to work closely with the Benin Moat Foundation headed by Chief Nosakhare Isekhure.

This, the monarch said, will enable the taskforce to identify the right of way of the moat and help in clarifying likely areas of controversy.

He urged members of the taskforce to be impartial and ensure that there is fairness and transparency in the discharge of their duties.

The Omo N’Oba later gave them his royal blessings and charged them to be focused.

Earlier, the taskforce chairman major Lawrence Loye (rtd) told the Oba that the purpose of the visit was to intimate the palace how far the taskforce has gone in reclaiming the moat back as it is part of the world heritage site, by demolishing illegal structures built around it.

He noted that the moat is supposed to be a classified area as it is the Benin traditional moat and one of the world heritage sites, adding that any structure built on the moat is an illegal structure whether such structure has Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or not.

Major Loye lamented that those who built on the moat did it deliberately to block the moat, adding that the danger caused by their actions had resulted into floods ravaging parts of the city, in some cases, loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira.

He, however, noted that the first phase of the demolition of houses built on the moat had been completed while the second phase will commence soon.


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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

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