BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—MINORITY Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr. Samson Osagie, weekend, warned that if the current infrastructural development being carried out in Benin Kingdom by Governor Adams Oshiomhole was not sustained, the Binis might suffer neglect again.
While noting that the Benin nation had the requisite human and material resources, which, if harnessed, were capable of making the Binis more relevant in the politics of the nation. The lawmaker, who represents Uhumwonde/Orhiomnwon Federal constituency of Edo State, regretted that the Binis had not been carried along at the Federal level since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999.
He spoke in Benin City while delivering a lecture entitled: Nigeria’s Politics: The roadmap for the Relevance and Reward for the Benin Nation, at a symposium organized by the Benin National Congress, BNC, a socio-cultural organisation in the state.
Osagie posited that apart from the fact that the Federal Government had neglected the Benin nation in terms of appointments, Benin sons who had the opportunity to hold political positions had not helped matters as regards the development of the area.
He, however, expressed optimism that things might change for the better in Benin Kingdom if credible leaders were elected into offices in the 2015 general elections, adding that the issue of unemployment and poverty must be tackled vigorously to help sustain the developmental efforts of Governor Oshiomhole in the area.
President of BNC, Mr. Aiyemenkhue Edokpolo, in his welcome address, lamented that the Binis had been marginalised in terms of appointments or strategic federal infrastructures like industries, adding that the reason for the symposium was to find solution to the problems confronting the Binis.
Dignitaries at the occasion included the Itsekhure of Benin Kingdom, Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr Philip Shaibu, members of the Benin Traditional Council and top government officials.