Edo govt. to develop tourism masterplan, revitalise Ojirami dam

Edo govt. to develop tourism masterplan, revitalise Ojirami dam

By George Edomwonyi, Igarra.


The Edo State Government says it has concluded arrangement to revitalise the Ojirami Dam in Akoko Edo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state to supply portable water to residents of the neighbourhood.


Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo made the disclosure at the 25th coronation anniversary and birthday celebration of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II, in Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA, on Saturday.


The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affair, Mr Bamidele Obaitan, said that the government was developing a tourism masterplan, aimed at creating job opportunities for the people of the state.


According to him, the Akoko Edo LGA is part of the focus of the tourism masterplan, due to the vast tourism sites located in the council area and Edo North in general.


“We are working on a tourism masterplan to develop the tourism potential of Edo.


“Akoko Edo abounds with huge tourism potential and the local government is part of our tourism masterplan, due to various tourist sites in the area.


“With the development of the local government’s tourism potential, the area will bring more businesses and money to the people and the state,” he said.


Obaseki promised the people of the local government area of the construction of more health centres and roads to boost economic productivity in the council area, as part of his mega project.


The governor congratulated the Otaru of Igarra on his 25 years on the throne, noting that the years had witnessed peace in Igarra.


“I must congratulate you on your 25th year as the Otaru of Igarra and your reign has brought valuable services to the people of Igarra.


“As you mark your 25th year coronation anniversary, may Almighty God grant you many more years on the throne,” Obaseki said.


In his welcome address, the Chairman of Igarra Community Association, Mr Tajudeen Alade, said that the community was celebrating over two decades of peaceful and successful reign of the Otaru of Igarra.


“This is why with one voice, all members of Igarra community are praying that God, in his infinite mercy, will continue to protect and guide him, give him good health, long life, wisdom and zeal.


“We pray God to usher into his domain, greater unity, love, peace and accord him all necessary ingredients for the development of his immediate domain,” he said.


Alade, however, appealed to the state government to establish processing or manufacturing factories in the neighbourhood because of the different solid minerals existing in the local government area.


Earlier, the Otaru of Igarra thanked the state government and the people of the community for their support and cooperation in the 25 years of his reign as the traditional ruler of the area.


Adeche said that his 25 years as the paramount ruler of Igarra had brought meaningful development to the area.


“I am immensely grateful to Almighty God and our ancestors for the protection and guidance accorded me since Sept. 20, 1997 when officially, I was installed as the 21st Otaru of Igarra.


“Since my coronation as the Otaru of Igarra and the paramount traditional ruler of Igarra/Akoko Clan, I have been having the very best cooperation and wise counsel of the state government, Akoko Edo local council, traditional rulers’ council, palace chiefs, elders and the entire people of Igarra community.


“Their collective contributions have made governance in Igarra royal palace peaceful,” he said.


The Otaru urged every Igarra person to have a new heart that exhibit love and a new spirit that would promote unity and not division in the community.


He, however, appealed to the state government to establish a higher institution in the local government area to enhance the development of the area.


The highpoint of the event was the conferment of a chieftaincy title on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, as the Oganete of Igarra and Dr Mariam Ibrahim, Deputy Director, Administration, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria as Otuonoguvo of Igarra.

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