Edo govt evaluates damaged public assets, deplores looting, destruction
Obaseki endorses Ogbena as Ojirami village head, others
The Edo State Government has condemned destruction and looting of public assets by hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protests and appealed to the youths to stop further destruction of infrastructure in the state.
Executive Chairman, Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA), Isoken Omo, who led a government delegation to inspect damaged buildings and property in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), said the damage to public and private property was not the best approach to seek government’s attention on any matter.
Omo noted that the state government supported the protests to demand good governance, justice and equity in the country, but was against destruction of critical public assets.
She reassured that the Governor Godwin Obaseki government would continue to prioritise security of lives and property, as well as improve the welfare of the people.
“The aftermath of the destruction is so glaring. The hoodlums gained access into public buildings and destroyed the doors, windows, office chairs and tables and carted away valuables, including laptops, television sets and fridges, among others.
“It is unfortunate that this is happening to an asset owned by Edo State. The property belong to everybody, ” she added.
IN another development, Governor Obaseki at the weekly Executive Council (EXCO) meeting held on zoom yesterday, endorsed Prince Clement Obayemi Erimiakhena Ogbena as the village head of Ojirami in Akoko-Edo Council Area of the state.
Other traditional rulers whose appointments were ratified are, Chief Anthony Aikpegbe Asebhofoh as clan head of Inyenlen in Esan South East Council Area and Chief Sumaina Momodu Iluafenmi IV as clan head of Errah in Owan East Council Area.
Their names were presented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Monday Osaigbovo, who sought the governor’s approval for their appointments after due diligence and in accordance with provisions of Part II of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law 1979.
Ogbena, who hailed from the Utofiasha branch of the Ibinijie Ruling House, is ascending the position after the death of the former village head, HRH S. O. Osheku Oduduru II, who was also the clan head of Okulosho.
On his part, Asebhofoh is taking over after the death of the former clan head of Inyenlen, HRH John Akpor Uba on November 18, 2008.
Chief Iluafenmi IV takes over following the demise of former Udale of Errah, Chief Abu Haruna II on September 6, 2014.
The council considered the state’s forestry policy and the bill for a law establishing the Edo State Investment Promotion Office, among others before the approvals.