The Benin Monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Oba Ewuare II, has appealed to the Federal Government to help resolve the dispute delaying the take off of the proposed Gelegele export free zone in Ovia North-East local government area of Edo State.
He made the appeal at his Palace on Monday in Benin, when he received the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was on a working visit to the state.
The Monarch who alleged that the efforts of the state government and the Benin palace were being frustrated by Ijaw settlers in the oil-rich communities of Gelegele and Iguobazuwa over ownership of the area, begged the Acting President to use his good offices to resolve the crisis to make way for the smooth take off of the project for the benefit of all.
This is even as he harped on the need for Federal Government to immediately look into the alleged ceeding of 38 oil wells from Orhionwmon Local Government Area of the state to Delta State as well as hectares of areable land belonging to the state to part of Ondo State.
He noted that the development has negatively affected the agricultural and other revenue sources of the people in the area.
The Benin Royal Father, who also described as heartless and inhuman, the recent Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by South Africans, urged the Federal Government to take concrete measures to forestall future occurrence.
Responding, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, lauded the fatherly roles of the Omo N’Oba in communal crisis resolutions, hinting that his contributions to national issues was key to conflict resolutions in the country.
Osinbajo who promised to look into the issues raised by the monarch, added that mechanisms have been put in place to address the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South African.