|By Isaac Olamikan,Senior Correspondents, Benin
Traditional rulers in Edo Central Senatorial District have expressed their happiness for the emergence of Rt. Hon. Frank Abumere Okiye as the speaker of the state house of assembly.
They also lauded the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on the record infrastructural development and fair representation of the zone at the state level, adding that the area has never had it so good.
The traditional rulers passed the vote of confidence during a courtesy visit to the governor, at Government House, in Benin City, Edo State capital.
The Enogie of Opoji, His Royal Highness, Ehigiamen Aidenojie said:
“On behalf of my colleagues, we appreciate you for the developmental strides you have recorded in Esan land. We support your government and pray that you have a second term to complete all your ongoing projects.”
He said the traditional rulers are happy with the choice of Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, an Esan man as Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, adding, “If the speaker had emerged from Edo South or North, we the traditional rulers would have been unhappy.
“Under your leadership what is due Edo Central have been given to us. We pray that God should touch the hearts of politicians involved in the Edo Assembly matter so that they will settle their issues amicably.”
In his response, Obaseki commended the traditional rulers for ensuring that peace reigns in their domain despite the security challenges in parts of the country, and sought their support in the plan to improve on security across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Obaseki said: “We are working on a detailed security plan for the state which the traditional rulers are an integral part.
“We want to ensure that as the federal government is giving us security support at the state level, we are working with you at the community level to have people who will be trained by the police to serve as security persons in the communities they reside.”
He assured that the state government would work with the local councils to register vigilante groups, hunters and people bearing arms legally for proper security synergy between the local, state and federal governments.
The governor restated his administration’s commitment to several ongoing developmental projects including the establishment of a production centre in Irrua and the extension of fibre optics for internet connectivity to Edo Central and North Senatorial districts of the state.
He appealed to the traditional rulers to talk to their subjects so that the reigning peace in the state would be sustained.