Insecurity: Man Declares 30-Day Hunger Strike In Edo

Over the incessant killings, kidnapping and insecurity in Edo state, a middle-age man, Roy Oribhabor, has declared 30-day hunger strike to drive home his rejection for the unrest.

Addressing newsmen in Benin City under the aegis of ‘The voice of the commoners in Nigeria’, Oribhabor said the rate of insecurity in the state was alarming.

According to him, urgent steps must be taken to curtail the ugly trend through the establishment of Neighbourhood Security Agency.

Oribhabor, who lamented the helplessness of Edo residents, said: “He is seriously worried about this development in our society, therefore it has become pertinent to call on Edo State government to establish Neighbourhood Security Agency to tackle the ugly trend. ”

“To this effect, I, Roy Oribhabor, hereby declare hunger strike from today, October 9, 2017 to November 8, 2017 to call the world attention and also government to provide adequate security and unconditional release of Amb. Osayomore Joseph and Mr. Andy Ehanire”, he said.

Oribhabor recalled that few months ago, the immediate past chairman of Etsako East Local Government Area, Johnson Afegbua, was killed by unknown gunmen along Benin-Auchi road while recently, Mr. Andy Ehanire, Managing Director of Ogba Zoo and Gardens and musical icon, Amb. Osayomore Joseph, were kidnapped in the state.

“Also, my car was stolen. On September 30, 2017, popular DJ MOG was robbed and shot. Mr. Andy Ehanire was kidnapped as if that was not enough, a prominent local musician, Amb. Osayomore Joseph also kidnapped and his wife shot. A university don, Prof. Paul Otasowie, of the University of Benin, was killed. This is just to mention a few.

“We can no longer sleep with our two eyes closed. I hereby condemn the activities of criminal elements and their behaviours to undermine the security of the state,” he noted.

Edo Govt. Bans Road Transport Employers Association

The Edo State Government has announced the immediate proscription of the state’s chapter of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The association has been ordered to close their offices across the state.

The ban became necessary to ensure the protection of lives and property and prevent the possible breakdown of law and order in the state.
The government assured all law abiding citizens that security agencies will be available to maintain peace and orderliness, and urged the public to desist from relating or transacting any business with the group until further information is provided by the state government.
The Edo State government is committed to sanitising the road transport sector and will not tolerate actions that could undermine the smooth implementation of the transport master plan.
The state government is resolute about enthroning law and order across the state and urges all law abiding citizens to go about their businesses without any fear of molestation.

Aregbesola, Others Storm Edo For Public Consultation On Restructuring [PHOTOS]

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, his Ogun state counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday visited Edo state to hold zonal public consultation of the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism.


The team received by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki at the Benin Airport is expected to cover South-South and the North-Central zones.


Among issues to be discussed at the hearing are creation/merger of states, derivation principle, devolution of powers, federating units, fiscal federalism and revenue allocation and form of government.


Other issues are independent candidacy, land tenure system, local government autonomy, power sharing and rotation, resource control and type of legislature.


In the recent, agitations from Nigerians on the need to restructure the country has been on the rise which birthed the inauguration of Restructuring Committee by the All Progressives Congress, chaired by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.


Governor Aregbesola while speaking said the “restructuring” of Nigeria remains on the front burner of public discourse, he noted that the practice of true federalism would accelerate development of the country.

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Edo Shares N2.15bn To Local Government Areas

The Edo Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) distributed N2.15 billion among the 18 local government councils the state in August.

Mr Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, said this in a statement .

According to Osagie, the Head of Owan East Local Government Administration, Mr Akeena Ade-Akhani, presented the figure after the JAAC meeting presided over by the governor.

He said that N1.44 billion was allocated to mandatory expenditures which include N1.09 billion for teachers’ salary while N705. 6 million distributable sum was left for the 18 local councils.

Osagie added that N212. 8 million was used for the payment of local government pensioners.

He further said that the meeting reviewed the use of electronic system for revenue collection in the state, saying this had recorded appreciable success.

The governor’s aide quoted Ade -Akhani as saying that the state government does not deduct money from local government allocations.

Obaseki signs CDA Bill into law, meets with Oba Ewuare II

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Wednesday signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Edo, after which the governor proceeded to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II to present a copy of the law to him.

The Oba, in his coronation speech, had decried the land grabbing that had characterised the CDAs, which had also affected land acquisition and development by citizens and investors in the state, calling for the move to scrap out their activities in the state.

Presenting the bill to the governor for his signature, the speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh said the new law was not only about prohibiting CDA’s activities in the state, but also about prohibiting forceful entry into people’s landed property and protecting widows’ rights to their husbands’ property.

The governor, while he met with the Oba, said the bill was historical and would make the state more receptive to investors and set it on course for more development.

He said: “My administration believes that the way to sustainable development is to unleash and nurture our productive energy and that of investors. Investment will not thrive in a lawless environment, it is a thing of pride that we signed this bill into law”, he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki also commended the Oba for his support in making the law a success.

“Our land tenure system before and during the colonial era was rated as the best, but it had been turned around by some nefarious activities of CDAs. It was therefore a thing of joy during your coronation that you undertook the task to pull down the CDA structure,” he said.

He, however, urged the Chief Justice of the state and security agencies to support implementation of law in the state, adding that a task force chaired by a retired Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase had been constituted to drive the enforcement of the law and supervise all matters related to the law.

Noting that many of the youths, who would be affected by the Bill, would be empowered, Governor Obaseki urged the public to be familiar with the provisions of the law and abide by them, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

For his part, the Oba of Benin, a monarch with a rich history, Oba Ewuare II said the new law signified a major milestone both in the Obaseki-led administration his reign commending the governor and the Edo House of Assembly for their swiftness in the passage of the Bill into law.

He attributed this speediness to the governor’s readiness to develop the state.

“I want to say that today is historical and I am personally overwhelmed. I was really upset with the activities of CDAs in the state. I saw the need to tackle the issue of CDAs as their actions became destructive. The governor bought into the idea and decided to draft a bill to criminalise their activities. I want to commend him for this step as many people expressed doubts about his willingness to work with the palace, but he has dispelled such fears”, he said.

The Oba also assured the affected youths of his rehabilitation and empowerment.

Obaseki Inaugurates 1000ha Maize Field in Edo

Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, inaugurated 1000 hectares of cleared field in Sobe farm Settlement of Owan West Local Government Area in the state for maize production.

Speaking during the inauguration, the governor said the maize cultivation, which could directly empower 200 agripreneurs to become millionaires, was part of his administration’s Accelerated Agriculture initiative to create jobs in the state.

Explaining the execution plan for the initiative, he said that the phase would target job creation for 1, 000 agripreneurs through the cultivation of 5,000 hectares of maize farms across the LGAs in the state.

He said: “Today is the first step towards actualising the 200,000 jobs promised by my administration. If we invest in Agriculture, we can do more than 200,000 jobs in Edo and Nigeria as a whole. We had an agricbusiness workshop to brainstorm on the challenges in our agriculture sector and we discovered that land preparation was a major challenge in the state. This initiative is to make land preparation easy via mechanisation for our farmers”, he said.

He continued that the initiative was in partnership with Saro AgroSciences ltd, which would provide technical support for the programme.

Meanwhile, he added that mechanisation centres would be situated close to the proposed 5000–hectare maize field to enable the agricpreneurs manage the 5 hectares that would be allocated to each of them effectively.

In addition, the governor urged the farmers to follow the recommended cultural practice for maize production to ensure optimal yield.

For his part, the Group Managing Director of Saro AgroSciences, Mr Oluwole Adeyegbe said the scheme targets a minimum of 4 metric tonnes of maize yield per hectare, which would be bought directly from the agripreneurs (farmers).

He said the company was also collaborating the state government for the second phase of the initiative, which would feature the use of green houses, pig production and Cocoa Yield Enhancement Programme.

The agripreneurs, he however explained, who would be beneficiaries of the scheme, must be able to raise 10% of the capital and would be linked to the CBN ANCHOR borrower’s programme for easy access to loan.

Commending the governor for the initiative, the secretary of Sobe Farm Settlement Cooperative, Mr Anthony Aibor, appreciated the prospect of employment creation for people in the area.

He, however, appealed to the government to tackle infrastructure decay in the community and the scourge of Fulani Herdsmen.

Frowning at the scourge of Fulani Herdsmen, which is one of the challenges encountered by farmers in the area, Governor Obaseki revealed that the state government was concluding strategies to curb the menace.

He said a Response Mechanism Team (RMT) would be formed among the farmers in the community to allow for intelligence reports, which would help in monitoring the herdsmen’s activities.

“The success of the programme depends on how well the government tackles the menace of Fulani herdsmen as no farmer has recorded great success for the past five years due to the activities of the herdsmen,” he said.

Also at the flag-off were the chairman of the Edo Agriculture initiative, Chief Osaro Idah, the Permanent Secretary of the state’ Ministry of Agriculture, the Edo chairman of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Chief Emmanuel Odigie and his members, and members of the Sobe Farm Settlement Cooperative.

Meanwhile, the Odibiado of Sobe, His Royal Highness, Anthony Ero, Aleburu 1 expressed confidence in the agricultural project, assuring the governor of his community’s support to the success of his administration.

Edo’s Tranquil Governor and Progressive Governance, By Gloria Adagbon

Since Governor Godwin Obaseki assumed office on November 12, some degree of tranquility has accompanied his approach to governance. From the get go, he defined what will drive his government and the focus – work, work, and work silently, and let the work speak for him. Little wonder that since he became governor, he has practically visited almost all key areas of governance to see things first-hand.

I remember his first day in office, where he took unprecedented steps to tour round government house, meet the staff, ascertain their roles and responsibilities, check their offices and send packing political hangers-on.

Many had thought that based on his background as a technocrat, he would be too inexperienced to handle governance and politics, but he has proven them wrong and surpassed expectations. He is not only in charge; he is well in control and personally defines what he wants, how he wants it and how it should be implemented.

To me that is leadership with clear attention to the minutest of details and it is important that others know about the silent governance revolution currently going on in Edo State.

His progressive approach

Zero tolerance to waste

Cutting waste and creating efficiency in governance is evident in almost every step Governor Obaseki has taken thus far. This has come to define his approach to changing the Edo landscape with prudent management of resources. He adopted the Lady Mechanic initiative to refurbish and revive government vehicles by the Lady Mechanic, Sandra Aguebor, instead of shelling out a fortune to purchase new vehicles. This has saved Edo people huge amounts of money that would have been expended in purchasing new vehicles.

The e-governance methodology

Good managers do not fail for lack of managerial skills, but for lack of a solid plan and strategy to dispense their skills. This may have informed governor Obaseki’s approach to e-governance with emphasis on building a database to plan and implement government policies and programmes.

Currently, the Edo state government is undertaking the registration of job seekers – on the Edo jobs online platform and at the various local government areas at Obaseki’s instruction. This approach will go a long way to document data of how many unemployed people Edo have, the skills and qualifications they possess, their age brackets, and most importantly, provide more robust information on how to go about planning for the job recruitment process and training where necessary.

This is certainly the way to go and I can see the bigger picture in terms of what this laudable registration exercise will do for Edo in monitoring the workforce and tracking the human capacity and skills shortages, with a view to finding lasting solutions.

There is also the e-tax collection initiative of Governor Obaseki in which the POS system will be used to collect levies and taxes. This will undoubtedly cut off the touts and ‘Agbero’ style tax collectors, who often harass and intimidate citizens to pay taxes, which may end up in private pockets.

The personal touch and feel on issues

Governor Obaseki has a pragmatic appeal and personal touch on issues and this scores him highly on the governance scale. I recall how, after the visit to Tayo Akpata University of Education, Ekiadolor he immediately set up of a project team to fine-tune the master plan to make the university technologically driven, and benchmarked on global standards. Governor Obaseki personally chaired the Development Committee of Taya Akpata University.

Similarly, at the inspection visit to the College of Education, Igueben, Governor Obaseki exhibited this personal touch and feel when he saw first-hand the level of decay in the school. He sat with the provost and management of the school to listen to their issues and challenges and said government would quickly commence the rebuilding of the decayed infrastructure, pay salary arrears and improve the level of funding to the school. He then gave the provost and other management staff of the school, a 90- day ultimatum to ensure the institution was ready for accreditation and demanded for an audit of the TET fund projects executed and those being executed in the school.

Again, during the inauguration of the Edo Social Investment Program Committee where Governor Obaseki tasked the Committee to finalise all the ongoing work and ensure adequate mobilisation of people in Edo to qualify them for the school feeding programme and the National Conditional Cash Transfer of N5, 000 monthly stipend, he exhibited the personal touch.

Governor Obaseki personally undertook to chair the Committee as he attached significant importance to the SIP saying it is the most important program that will affect Edo people hence he would chair the Committee to make sure they deliver for the benefit of the people.

The open door policy

Collaboration and partnership with private investors, civil societies and NGOs has set Obaseki’s administration apart from the crowd. A notable highlight is the commitment to collaborate with Dagomo Elderly Care Centre, an ultra-modern Elderly Care Centre built by Dagomo Foundation Limited in Benin City.

The move to collaborate with Dagomo Foundation was informed by Obaseki’s need to raise very clear policies on how to deal with the issues of the elderly and the disadvantaged in the society.

Also, with the partnership between the Obaseki-led government and Saro AgroSciences, a leading company in the agricbusiness space of Nigeria with expertise in crop production and protection, which is part of the Agricultural Empowerment Initiative targeted to create 80,000 jobs, his open door policy is visible.

In addition, there is also the agripreneural development project to raise 2,000 agripreneurs, an initiative that could provide jobs and food for not only the state, but also the entire South-South region. The project itself will see the Obaseki-led state government provide livestock pens and efficient off-take arrangements for potential agripreneurs.

Building capacity and capability

Governor Obaseki’s insistence on human capacity development and the holistic approaching to addressing skills gap is another ongoing silent revolution in Edo. The bid to revamp Benin Technical College, the technical and vocational education workshops for apprenticeships holding in Edo are all in line with his administration’s vision to revamp technical education in the state.

During the workshop, tagged ‘Revamping Technical and Vocational Education’, Governor Obaseki underscored the premium he placed on making education a priority to build, reconstruct and equip Edo schools.

He committed to the continuation of the provision of modern furniture for schools, and where necessary, building new schools. Furthermore, he said the recruitment, training and retraining of teachers would be a continuous process and that opportunities would be given to teachers to upskill and retrain themselves. He listed his preparedness to collaborate with the private sector to infuse new technologies into the teaching and recreational needs of Edo students and restructuring the Supervision and Inspection divisions of the Education ministry to ensure efficient, effective and quality service delivery.

In his bid to ensure Edo’s human capacity development, Obaseki tasked the Education workshops to focus on:

         i.            how to align basic education with technical vocational education training

       ii.            how to attract, retain and motivate teachers and school managers

     iii.            how to effectively address the concentration of teachers in the urban areas at the expense of the rural areas

     iv.            the best instruction technology to adopt and how do we introduce this into the school system

       v.            how to  retrain existing teachers to efficiently utilise the new technologies that will be deployed

     vi.            how  to partner with the private sector and development agencies to restructure our basic education system

   vii.            how to  inculcate the spirit of effective leadership and service into Edo school system.

These are clear-cut out steps to revolutionise Edo’s skills gap and capacity development that will boost the general depreciation in technical and vocational based education in Nigeria.

The impact of this particular capacity building revolution cannot be overemphasised due to the skills shortages occasioned by our certificate-based system, where graduates or even PhD holders lack requisite employability skills. Obaseki’s Technical and Vocational revolution will bring a radical shift from the unemployable workforce to a workforce equipped with capacity, confidence and skills sets for gainful employment. A good example is the training of 50 Edo youths on concrete pavement technology for road construction in collaboration with AG Dangote.  The importance of this technology is to develop proficiency in the trainees so that they could become contractors in building roads with cement, assuring them that he would support them with capital and equipment in order to commence constructing roads as his administration would give them contracts.

Empathy for the people

Good governance architecture demands that the people are at the heart of the government’s programmes and policies, and decisions taken for the benefit of the people. Governor Obaseki has continued to place Edo people at the heart of his decisions, ensuring that whatever decision are taken are in their best interests.

During his campaign, people complained about taxation and he has taken deliberate steps to put an end to the harassment and intimidation facing Edo citizens at the hands of unscrupulous tax collectors by outlawing them and making the government responsible for tax collection and harmonising taxes and levies.

The transparent manner of doing things

Governor Obaseki’s transparent approach to governance is another silent revolution in Edo. From the outset, he adopted the approach to open, honest about issues, without window dressing. The manner in which he conducted affairs in respect of Edo 2017 Budget, which he tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity”, showed transparency.

According to an advocacy group, BudgIT, only eight of the 36 states of the Federation made their annual budgets transparent. Atiku Samuel, the Head of Research in BudgIT, informed the News Agency of Nigeria that only Lagos, Gombe, Bauchi, Ekiti and Kaduna ran transparent budgets. Furthermore, Samuel said the other states with transparent Budges are Edo, Kwara and Kogi.

In the short space of becoming Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has taken giant steps to place Edo among the best in Nigeria. Running transparent budgets, according to BudgIT, is a requirement given by the Federal Government for accessing the bailout package in which states should publish their budget documents and budget implementation reports online. That the Edo 2017 Budget is online is a testament to Obaseki’s transparent approach to governance.

In the Budget, Obaseki outlined six focal points of his administration namely, Economic Revolution, Infrastructural Expansion, Institutional Reform, Social Welfare Enhancement, Culture & Tourism and Environmental Sustainability. The belief is that “if these objectives are pursued with vigour and unflinching commitment, their realisations will create new jobs, provide greater opportunities, boost the economy of the state, and ultimately usher in a brand new society filled with peace and prosperity for all in Edo State”.

Female IDP Law Graduate To Get State Employment – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said that a female law graduate at the Internally Displayed Persons (IDP) camp in the state would be considered for employment.

Obaseki stated this while receiving members of the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association of Nigeria at The Government House in Benin on Monday.

The governor, noting that it was unusual to grow a generation in a refugee camp, said that more information about the female refugee, who recently concluded her university degree in law, would be required in order to process her employment.

He also stressed that there was need to integrate the people in the camp into the society, adding that his government had no choice but to make the IDPs part of its focus.

Obaseki further said that the school built inside the camp would be commissioned in a week to allow for its use by the inmates.

He said that his administration was committed to the welfare of people in the state, whether indigent or non-indigent.

He, however, noted that the responsibility of rehabilitation of the people in the IDP camp should not be left to the state government alone.

Suing for peaceful coexistence in the country, Governor Obaseki emphasised that no meaningful development could be made in a society devoid of peace.

He commended the Commonwealth Association for their visit to the camp and for giving succour to the inmates.

Earlier, the President of the Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association of Nigeria, Dr Uduak Udom commended the state government for the level of support given to the IDP camp.

Udom said that the members of the association had earlier in the day visited the camp as part of its activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Day, which hold every second Monday in the month of March.

She, however, solicited that a female law graduate in th

Edo First Lady Appeals For Passage Of Gender, Violence Bills

First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, has appealed to the Edo State House of Assembly to speedily pass two pending bills on gender violence elimination.

Mrs Obaseki made this plea when she paid an advocacy visit to the House to mark the 2017 International Women’s Day celebration in Benin yesterday.

On the importance of the bill, she noted that speedy passage of the bills – Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill 2016 and Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Place – would help to bridge the existing gap in gender issues.

In addition, the First Lady said that the country had done well in mainstreaming gender issues, but noted that more needed to be done, as there were still specific issues to be dealt with.

“Today is the international women day, and we thought it wise to use this day to seek to support the issues pertaining to gender issues. We are here to advocate that the speaker takes a close look at the bills and facilitate quick hearing and passage”, she said.

In his response, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Justin Okonoboh commended the First Lady and her entourage for the advocacy visit and congratulated them on the women’s day celebration.

He said that the house was gender sensitive and poised to promote gender equality, while also expressing confidence that the house, having passed several bills relating to women and child right issues, would give speedy passage to the pending bills.

The speaker revealed that the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill 2016 had passed first reading and would be passed before the end of March.

He also assured them that the Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life would receive prompt attention and passed before the end of March.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mrs Elizabeth Ative, commended the First Lady for the advocacy visit saying it would be proper for the members of the house to facilitate passage of the bills.

Ative noted that the house was gender sensitive and accorded her the respect due her as the only female member of the house.She however, requested that the First Lady use her good office to persuade the governor to fulfil the UN affirmation of making about 35 percent of his appointments women.

Governor Obaseki Commends Fashola For Edo Roads, Housing.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, yesterday, commended the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for the progress of work at the Benin-Ehor axis of the Benin-Ehor-Lokoja roads.

This was as the minister inspected ongoing works at the Aduwawa axis of the Benin-Ehor-Lokoja road.

While inspecting the road, Fashola (SAN) briefed the Edo State governor of his inspection tour on roads leading into and out of the state.

He said that plans were also in the making to rehabilitate the bad portions at the Ekpoma axis of the same road.

Speaking further, the minister noted that full reconstruction of the bad portion would carried out to ensure durability of the road.

“I have gotten recommendations about the fail portions of the Ekpoma axis of the road. I have asked them to get money for the contractor to do full reconstruction of the bad portions, instead of patching it up, which will wear away soon. As soon as we get money, the contractor will come back to site”, he said.

Meanwhile, the governor, represented by his deputy, Hon Philip Shaibu commended the Minister for the inspection tour, saying that it would ensure good quality and speedy completion of the road project.

He however called for prompt action to be taken at the bad portions of the road around the Auchi junction at Jatto, Ekpoma axis and Ramat Park in order to prevent total collapse of the road.

Moreover, he also commended the ministry over its housing programme in the state.

For his part, Fashola (SAN) additionally briefed the governor about the on-going projects being executed by the ministry; he said that the major challenge facing the power sector was shortage of gas to power gas turbines.

He however said that the power generation in the country had stepped up to 4000mw for two weeks now and could be increased to 7000mw if vandalism of gas pipelines was stopped.

“3000mw of power is not available because of vandalism of gas pipelines, which is not helpful to the country. If we can recover the 3000mw lost to vandalism and add to the 4000mw, we will have 7000mw. We cannot continue to destroy something and say it is unavailable to us, all of us most begin to speak to each other and sensitise against vandalism”, he said.

In addition, the Federal controller of works, Eng Okey Oweh, speaking about the Benin-Ehor-Lokoja road said that the road’s contract was awarded in 2012 and divided into three phases.

He said that a 12 km carriage way had been constructed along the Auchi axis of the road and that the accident-prone section at Ewu -axis of the road had been improved upon.

He said that the contractor handling the road would complete the Benin-Ehor axis of the road by May ending and work on the Ewu-Agbor-Sapele road had started.

He also said that 445 staff drawn from within and outside the state were currently working with the contractors on the road Project.

Meanwhile, the Controller of Housing in the state, Mr Andrew Ikechucku said that the national housing programme for the ministry had commenced in the state.

He said that the state government had provided a land around the Benin-Auchi road and that clearing of the land was on-going.

fashola and obaseki


FG Begins Fish Market Construction at Illushi, Edo

Mr Wellington Omoragbon, State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Edo, says the Federal Government has begun the construction of a fish market at Illushi Community in Edo.

Omoragbon told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Benin that the fish market was located at Illushi in Esan South-East Local Government Area.

According to him, the market construction which started in December 2016 and is expected to be completed within six weeks; is being funded from the 2016 budget.

“The market will consist of eight open stalls with cold rooms, four toilets, bathrooms and a borehole,’’ he said.
He said that the location of market was chosen by the state government because fishing was the major occupation of the people.

According to him, Illushi community is located along the bank of the River Niger.