The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare II, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in the war against corruption.
The newly crowned monarch said Buhari’s administration has demonstrated its desire to effectively manage the country’s scarce resources and improve the welfare of the people, The Punch reports.
He said this on Monday, November 7, when Buhari paid him an official visit in his palace in Benin, the Edo state capital.
The Oba called on the federal government to support the state in the transformation of the Gelegele jetty in Ovia north-east local government area to an export processing zone.
According to him, the initiative would provide employment opportunities for the youths and also contribute to the economic development of the country.
On his part, Buhari congratulated the monarch on his coronation as the 40th Oba of Benin Kingdom.
He also used the opportunity to hail Governor Adams Oshiomhole for providing relevant infrastructure for the masses and repositioning the state.
The last time President Buhari was in Edo was to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The president expressed satisfaction with the success recorded by the APC in the September 28 governorship election in the state which saw that saw governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, emerge as winner.
He said it was a morale booster, as Edo was a strategic state.
This is Buhari’s first to the monarch’s palace since his coronation as the Oba of Benin kingdom on October 20, 2016.
The president also commissioned some key projects carried out by Governor Oshiomhole. The projects include the newly constructed central hospital, the Siluko road, the gully erosion reclamation project at the Queen Ede Agbor road, and the New Era Secondary School now renamed Samuel Ogbemudia Secondary School.
At the weekend, Buhari was in Sokoto state where also commissioned 500 unit housing estate built by the state government for civil servants at Kalambaina.