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Oba Ewuare II to establish ADR for community disputes settlement, specialised markets


Oba Ewuare II

The Benin Monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II has disclosed plans to establish an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committee to look into communal disputes as they affect inheritance, boundary disputes and land matters, among others, to avoid continuous litigations in regular courts.
Besides, he said plans are underway to build an alternative market, which would sell food items to the people of the kingdom at discount prices that would operate once in a week and soup kitchen that would provide meal once in a day for indigent persons.
Oba Ewuare II stated this, when he received the leadership of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists led by its Chairman, Sir Rolland Osakue, at his palace in Benin City.
He said in recent times, some people in his kingdom sometimes defy rulings from the palace over disputes and still go to regular courts, adding that the essence of the ADR is to repose confidence in the Benin traditional stool.

He assured people of the state that the legacies of Oba Erediauwa, who has since joined his ancestors, would be built on, while stating that the annual memorial lecture, as announced during his coronation will soon hold.
He said: “We want to set up massive discount stock that will be able to meet the needs of those that can’t afford to buy products from the usual market. We will establish an alternative market to cater for individuals with lesser needs.

“We have been able to secure a venue, where we would have a pilot scheme to see how it will work. We will put a system in place that can feed the people at least a meal a day and sustain it.”
On the recent banning of Community Development Associations (CDA) in the state, which activities were first banned by Oba Ewuare in Benin Kingdom, he said some of the boys had turned the CDAs to community destruction associations, adding that the palace was ready to engage those who were ready to be rehabilitated.

Oba Ewuare thanked the NUJ for conferring on him the title of grand patron of the council and said he would do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.


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