Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and His Deputy, Philip Shaibu, Monday paid a courtesy visit to the Palace of the Oba of Benin Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II.
Governor Obaseki led members of his government to palace to seek support from the Benin Kingdom in order to have a more friendly land administrative system that would be investors friendly and be in tune with his administration’s desire for more development of Edo state.
In his address, the Governor said, “This kingdom used to have the best land tenure system in Nigeria, unfortunately we have lost that pride today. We want to deal with the issue of land properly so that we can attract private investment to the state and we need your support to do this.
In his response, Oba Ewuare carpeted the activities of Community Development Associations (CDAs) who took over sales of lands with unfriendly conditions. “Most of their actions have impeded development of our communities. For the avoidance of doubt, CDAs are not supposed to be involved in land matters. May I use this opportunity to seek the state government’s support in eradicating the menace of Community Development Associations in Edo State. Community lands as in other matters of the community are under the Enigie, Odionwere or Owhien as the case may be.”
Oba of Benin however charged Governor Obaseki to ensure that he fulfills his election promises to the people. “I have no doubt in my mind that you will deploy all your wealth of experience both in the private sector and in the immediate past administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to effectively utilize the human and material resources in Edo state to take it to greater heights through good governance and provide the good people of Edo state the good dividends of democracy.”