Royal Museum: Edo Govt, Benin Dialogue Group to raise $100m for project

Royal Museum: Edo Govt, Benin Dialogue Group to raise $100m for project

- $100 million is set to be raised to revive the iconic Benin Royal Museum

- The Edo state government is collaborating with the private sector to carry out the initiative

- Among the investors are the Benin Dialogue Group, the Benin Royal Court and top Museums in Europe

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The Benin Royal Museum, a project being developed by the Edo state government in collaboration with the Benin Dialogue Group, the Benin Royal Court, top Museums in Europe, among other stakeholders is set to raise $100 million for the iconic project.

The Benin Royal Museum, an iconic structure, is the home of Benin artefacts, which is a major tourist attraction for Nigerians and foreigners alike.

A representative of Benin artists in the Benin Dialogue Group, Enotie Ogbebor, disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Thursday, September 10 adding that the project is the greatest advancement made since the call for restitution of Benin artefacts in the history of Nigeria.

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He said it was impressive that Governor Obaseki is leading the charge on the project, adding, “The governor wants anything we design and build to be ranked world-class so that people can fly in from different parts of the world to see what we have here.”

He said the stakeholders on the project have commissioned Sir David Adjaye, a renowned architect and contemporary thinker, to design the museum, noting that an ensemble of experts has been lined up to lead the project.

“Sir Adjaye designed the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, United States of America. He has designed some of the most iconic museums across the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly (EDHA), Rt. Hon. Francis Okiye, has said the Edo Modular Refinery being developed by Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Limited with support from the state government would reset the economic base of the state.

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Okiye made the comment when he led the legislative house on an inspection tour of the refinery as part of their oversight function.

According to him, the facility demonstrates the Edo government’s readiness to deploy innovative means to attract big-ticket investments into the state. had earlier reported that the refinery is set to meet 18% of Nigeria’s diesel demand after its expansion.

Similarly, the facility is projected to earn about $125million in foreign exchange from the exportation of naptha, which is one of the major products from the refinery.

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