Governor, Edo State
Government House, Benin City
DEMAND FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF “STAY IN YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANTRA” ESPOUSED BY OBA EREDIAUWA CFR
The Benin National Council (BNC), is a pan-sociocultural movement that is irrevocably committed to the political , economic and cultural development of Edo people worldwide. We are deeply worried by systemic-poverty bedeviling the seven Local Government – namely, Ovia North East, Ovia South West, Oredo, Uhunmwonde, Egor, Ikpoba Okha and Orhionmwon Local Government Areas.
We have noticed with worry, the continued flouting of the 2014 Royal order by the revered Omo N’ Oba, advising the Local Government Chairmen to reside in their respective local government areas to stimulate rapid development in the areas. .
Mr. Governor, we are sad to draw your attention to the fact that the recently elected chairmen refused to obey that Royal Order as many of them remained in Benin City from where they seldom go to their respective councils. From our investigation, the major culprits are those drawn from Edo South. We are unable to single anyone out from the offenders and without over-flogging the facts, their absence contributed to the poor performances in our local government areas in Edo South.
With the benefit of this fact of history, we are appealing to Mr. Governor to direct the new Council Chairmen to reside in their localities, because this will give them the opportunity to understand the expectation of the people. In addition, the administrative cost will be drastically reduced if the chairmen are made to reside with the people at the grassroots.
Unlike the previous administration that overlooked the flagrant refusal and disobedience to the Royal Order, we are encouraged that you will take our demand seriously and deal with it expeditiously because as a Benin man from a responsible and traditional family, you would want Edo South to develop at a relative rate to the Central and North.
If this anti-progressive trend continues, we may consider peaceful processions to these Councils to express our profound disenchantment. We here and now hand a 41 day ultimatum within which the Council Chairmen should quickly relocate to their official base.
Please accept the assurance of our regards. May God and our Ancestors continue to bless you. Amen!
Evang. Ralph Osaigbokan Onaghise
Vice President, BNC Worldwide