By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THE Senate, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to immortalize the late Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, by renaming the Benin Airport, Oba Erediauwa Airport.
The Senate also urged the Federal Government to “prevail on the relevant Ministry, Department or Agency vested with the duty of effecting the resolution of this motion to so do.”
The resolutions of the upper Chamber, yesterday, were sequel to a motion by Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South), entitled “Befittingly renaming the Federal Airport, Benin City, after the late Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin Kingdom.”
In the motion, Senator Urhoghide’s two prayers were unanimously taken by the senators, just as he noted that the motion became imperative because of the late Oba Erediauwa’s selfless service to Bini Kingdom and Nigeria in general during his lifetime.
Urhoghide’s motion read: “Late Oba Erediauwa, as young Prince Solomon Akenzua, joined the Colonial Civil Service upon completion of a Law degree from Cambridge University. He worked extensively in the then Eastern Region as an Assistant District Officer serving as a judge in land cases as well as an administrator in the district which duties he discharged creditably. In 1965, he transferred to the Federal Civil Service, Lagos, and rose to the rank of Permanent Secretary, a position he also performed in meritoriously.
“In 1968, he became the substantive Federal Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power and Steel which he helped immensely to stabilize for optimum performance. In his capacity as a federal officer, he worked closely and tirelessly with the former military heads of state, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon.”