By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, has donated a large parcel of land for the building of the multi-billion naira proposed Benin Cultural Heritage Complex.
The project is being executed by the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre, a socio-cultural organization in the state.
The land, located at Utekon village on Benin/Oluku By-pass, was formally presented to the organization through the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Centre, Enogie Gregory Akenzua.
The revered monarch, who made the donation when members of the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre visited the palace to intimate him of their plans to build the complex, expressed joy over the effort to protect and maintain Bini cultural heritage by the group.
He stressed the need for all Bini to give the group the needed support.
President of the group, Dr Rowland Ehigiamusoe, disclosed that arrangements had been concluded to organize the Benin Cultural Heritage Congress and formally launch an appeal fund in August for the construction of the proposed complex.
He disclosed that the centre had gone into partnership with the College of Education, Ekiadolor, and the University of Benin, UNIBEN, to train the first batch of 200 trainee teachers out of the 3,000 targeted to be trained in the Edo language.
â€œOn completion of their studies, they will be deployed to public schools in Edo South Senatorial District of the state to teach Edo language,â€ he said.
He further disclosed that â€œeach of the students will receive a scholarship grant of N60,000 for the training programme which will last one year.â€