- Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom asks President Muhammadu Buhari not to renew the license to the electricity distribution company in the state
- Oba Ewuare also demands the dualisation of the Benin-Auchi-Lokoja highway to ease movements of travellers, vehicles and goods
President Buhari promises to look into the demands made by the monarch
Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom, on Thursday, January 17, asked President Muhammadu Buhari asking him not to renew the license of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for its inability to provide electricity in Edo.
The Nation reports that the top Nigerian monarch also appealed to the president to support the effort of Governor Godwin Obaseki in seeking alternative sources of providing electricity to meet the demand of the people of the state.
He also asked that the Benin-Auchi-Lokoja highway be dualised and completed to ease the movement of goods and services as well as save lives of motorists and travelers.
The report added that Ewuare II spoke when he received President Buhari who paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Benin City during his campaign tour of the state.
“Electricity supply is no doubt key to the development of any society.
“Unfortunately, over the years the people of Edo state have experienced inadequate electricity supply by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
“In fact, during one of the meetings of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, we issued a communique condemning the inefficient performance of BEDC, including its estimated billing method.
“We also called for the withdrawal of the operational license of BEDC. In its place, Traditional Rulers appealed to the federal government to encourage and support the efforts of Edo state government in seeking alternative sources of providing electricity to meet the demand of the people,” he said.
The Oba commended Buhari for the sustained fight against corruption, insecurity in the country.
He pleaded with politicians to be more patriotic and concerned about the security and welfare of the people adding: “Politicians on their part should endeavor to be more patriotic and be concerned about the security and welfare of the people which of course is the primary purpose of government.
“As the 2019 general elections draw near, it is pertinent to call on politicians to let the interest of Nigerian and Nigerians be uppermost in their mind.
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“Consequently, they should not do anything that would undermine our collective peace, unity and progress. They should not engage in acts that could truncate our democracy.”
President Buhari, while commending the monarch for helping to stabilize the nation’s politics, assured that he would not relent in fighting corruption.
He promised to look into the requests of the monarch.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Godwin Obaseki recently sent the managing director of the BEDC, Funke Osibodu, away from his office for leaving residents and the state in darkness for many weeks.
The Punch reports that it was a mild drama that happened while the governor was receiving members of the House of Representatives committee on power who were in the Government House on a courtesy visit.
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