BREAKING: How Obaseki withheld traditional council’s N600m allocation – Group

A non-governmental organisation, Edo Diasporal Action Committee (EDAC), has berated Governor Godwin Obaseki for allegedly withholding seven months federal allocation legally due to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC).

The group claimed the allocations which is over N600 million “is just another of several antics usually deployed by the governor in his dealings with the palace, politicians and the masses...CONTINUE READING

A statement issued by the group’s publicity secretary, Mr. Edwin Obabaifo, also discribed as suspicion, awkward and a slight on the Benin race, the Edo State government’s decision to create traditional councils in the 18 local governments, particularly Edo south.

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Obabaifo said the move is a slight on the Benin ethnic race which is most homogeneous in South Senatorial District.

“We consider this move by Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration as distasteful and utterly disrespectful, and strongly advise it be withdrawn,” he stated.

Continuing, Obabaifo said: “As good as the policy may appear, we wonder how governor Obaseki will be giving monthly allowances to every traditional ruler in Edo state when he is presently withholding over N600 million which is over seven months allocation legally due the BTC.

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“The predecessors of governor Godwin Obaseki that created BTC for Benin kingdom understood the supremacy of the Oba of Benin on the Benin ethnic rece, santity and homogeneity.”

The Edo state government had said it arrived at the policy after the State Executive Council approved the implementation of a 1979 Law on local council administration….CONTINUE READING

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The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, was yet to respond to the allegation of withheld allocation at the time of filing the report.