Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, in his speech said that the Edo state government has completed the training for 253 teachers employed to teach Benin language , culture and history in secondary schools and primary schools within the state.
The Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Esogban of Benin , Chief David Edebiri and Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, during a book presentation titled:Ogiamien and the illusion of kingship , authored by Chief David Edebiri in Benin City, the Edo State capital disclosed this over the weekend.
Obaseki said that the employment of the teachers to the schools across the state is in fulfillment to the state government promise to promote the Benin history and culture for the benefits of the present and future generations.
He made an emphasis on one of his administrative focus which was to reform basic education in the state adding that “In the nearest future, children who complete basic education in the state would have obtained quality education.
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, also commended Chief Edebiri, stating that the book has revealed more historical facts about the Benin monarchy by dispelling the wrong perception relating to the defeat of Ogiamien by the Oba of Benin in the 13th Century. He said he has helped in building local communities, the state and country at large through his book.
The Benin monarch, who was represented by the Oliha of Benin, Chief Edionwe Oliha, noted that the book is significant in presenting the real issue about Ogiamien He commended the author in going the extra mile to present such a book
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, said the heritage of Benin Kingdom is significant to the social development of Nigeria, noting, “When He visited the Benin Museum and Igun Street, where the great Benin art works were made,He was marveled by the resourcefulness put into creating such works. The Federal Government will review how such resources can be used in deepening the development of science and technology in the country.” The author of the book, Chief David Edebiri, expressed appreciation to dignitaries who were at the event, saying, “The book is the 8th in the Benin historical essay series.