Oba Ewuare II Agenda, Obaseki’s Vision: A Mutual Correlation — By Gloria Adagbon

By Ikenga Chronicles October 25, 2016

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 was a day that will go down in the annals of history in the Benin Kingdom. Oba Ewuare II emerged as the 40th Oba of Benin in full display of pomp and pageantry that showcased the finest of the Bini culture and tradition before the world.

Oba Ewuare II spoke admirably about his people and the expectations, setting a development agenda that he will embark upon as he ascend the throne. The depth of his vision was profoundly remarkable. It highlighted the problems of unemployment especially among the youths and his concerns about living standards. This bears a striking correlation with the agenda of Edo Governor-Elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki who has placed job creation as a major focus of his incoming administration.

The correlation between the Oba’s agenda of partnering with government to attract domestic and international resources for the establishment of clusters of Agro-based industries can be seen in Obaseki’s vision to create employment through diversification of the economy; investments in agriculture and establishment of agro based industries.

Undoubtedly, there is a synergy of purpose in oba Ewuare II reformist agenda of re-enacting a cultural renaissance and Obaseki’s vision of restoring our socio-cultural values. While the Oba is focusing on tourism and production through arts and crafts, Obaseki coincidentally, had pledged during the electioneering campaign to invest in initiatives that would boost tourism and promote the socio-cultural values of the people.

The Coronation of Oba Ewuare II has no doubt rekindled that cultural renaissance which Obaseki had promised to invest and develop policies that can make Edo State a centre for tourists attraction as well as promote the Bini culture and tradition. Anyone who paid attention to the Oba’s speech will have noticed this mutual correlation between the Oba’s agenda and that of Obaseki.

Reforming palace administration in order to adequately respond to the peoples’ sincere and deep-longing for justice, equity and stability also correlates with Obaseki agenda that hinged on justice, stability, peace and progress in line with his commitment of citizens first; putting the people’s interests above others, improving living standards and general well-being of the people.

It must be noted that it is not too often that you have a new Oba and a new governor – both focussing on a similar agenda of development. Just like Oba Ewuare II who ascended to the throne of his ancestors, accepted his staff of office to lead his people, Edo Governor-Elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki shall also be sworn into office to lead his people of Edo State. This is certainly a very significant development that will bring positive change for the people of Edo State.

 

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