By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Benin National Congress, BNC, a Bini socio-cultural organization, weekend lamented what it described as the lack of Federal Government’s presence in Bini Kingdom.
Consequently, the group appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to award the contract for the dredging of Gelegele sea port.
It noted that dredging of the port would not only improve the economy of Edo State, but also help in decongesting the ports in Lagos and Calabar and enhance the country’s export and imports.
The BNC, in a statement signed by its Secretary, David Ekomwenrenren, made available to Vanguard, reviewed the democratic experiences of the people of the kingdom and declared that “the vast majority of Bini or Edo people in power were appendages of opportunism.
“How else do we rationalize the depletion of Federal Government’s presence?
“It is a fact that some centrifugal forces are working against the dredging of the pre-colonial Benin port which has the capacity of de-centralizing the ever busy ports in Lagos and expand the business and tourist frontiers of Edo State.
“We have it on good authority that the plot of the evil cabal is to undermine the natural and effective ownership of coastal territories by the Bini in favour of some surrogates and hangers on who thrive on distorted facts of history to laying claim to other ethnic groups’ lands and heritage.
“We call on President Jonathan to appreciate the need for the port to be dredged because it will not only favour Edo State but the entire nation. The Bini could be compelled to blacklist politicians and godfathers undermining the actualization of this dear project for their selfish reasons and declare them as pesona-non-grata,” it warned.