Skill acquisition: Oba of Benin grants church’s land request
The Oba of Benin
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Jethro Ibileke
The Benin Monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has granted a request for a parcel of land for the building of a skill acquisition centre by the Presbyterian Church.
The Prelate of the church, Dr. Ekpeyong Akpanika, had made request for the land when he paid a courtesy visit to Oba’s Palace in Benin City.
The Monarch assured that the Benin Throne will assist the 177-year-old Mission in realizing the noble objectives of training the youths, thereby reducing unemployment in the country.
“Your request is noted and approved. We will work on it. We will do our best to assist you. No doubt that opportunity will present itself for us to come and worship in your church,” Oba Ewuare said, adding that he look forward to worshipping in the church in future.
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Earlier while addressing the Oba, Dr. Ekpeyong Akpanika who was represented by Most Reverend Dr. Umahi, expressed his gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary contributions of Oba Ewuare II and his forebears in the preservation of Edo heritage.
He also noted the enduring legacy of Benin monarchy, particularly Oba Erediauwa whose act of philanthropy benefitted the Presbyterian church immensely.
The Cleric listed advancement of education, healthcare and agricultural development as the primary focus of the Mission in Nigeria.
“We remain committed to these fundamental principles, dedicating ourselves to empowering individuals and Communities through education and skills,” Akpanika said.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a copy of the Bible to Oba Ewuare II and special prayers for the the Royal family and Nigeria by the delegation.