- The Edo state government has said that it has completed the training of 253 teachers who were supposed to handle the teaching of Benin culture, language and history
- Governor Obaseki stated that one major objective of his administration is the preservation of Benin cultural heritage
- In line with this, Ogbonaya Onu, the minister of science and technology, remarked that the heritage of Benin kingdom is significant to the social development of Nigeria
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has announced that the government having completed the training of 253 teachers, will deploy them to teach Benin culture, language and history in secondary schools and selected primary schools throughout the state.
The governor revealed this recently at the presentation of a book titled “Ogiamien And The Illusion of Kingship,” authored by the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri, Vanguard reports.
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Governor Obaseki said the deployment of the teachers to the schools is in keeping with the state government’s policy to protect Benin’s rich history and culture for the coming generation. He stated: “We are emphasising the study of Benin language, culture and history to preserve it for the present and the future generations. This is to ensure that we preserve our identity.”
The governor said that one key objective of his administration is to reform basic education in the state. He remarked: “In few years to come, children who complete basic education in the state would have obtained quality education, similar to the quality of education obtained by the author of the book.
“During the last book presentation by Chief Edebiri, I made a commitment to restore the teaching of history in our school curriculum. We have not only achieved the promise but happy that the Federal Government is following suit by reintroducing the teaching of history in the national curriculum.”
He praised Edebiri whose generation, he said, has assisted in building local communities, the state and country. The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, also commended Chief Edebiri, noting that the book has revealed more historical facts about the Benin monarchy by dismissing with facts the wrong perception relating to the defeat of Ogiamien by the Oba of Benin in the 13th Century.
The monarch, represented by the Oliha of Benin, Chief Edionwe Oliha,pointed out that the book is significant in presenting the real issue about Ogiamien, adding, “I commend the author in going the extra mile to present such a book. I have confidence that the book will serve as valuable research material for researchers and all those interested in Benin history.”
Ogbonaya Onu, the minister of science and technology, said the heritage of Benin Kingdom is significant to the social development of Nigeria. Ogbonaya remarked: “When I visited the Benin Museum and Igun Street, where the great Benin art works are made, I was marvelled by the resourcefulness put into creating such works.
"The Federal Government will review how such resources can be used in deepening the development of science and technology in the country.” The author of the book, Chief David Edebiri, voiced his gratitude to dignitaries who attended the event.
The author said: “The book is the 8th in the Benin historical essay series. I realised that if I fail to document these aspects of our history, it would mean denying the present and future generations the knowledge of these facts in our historical development.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Obaseki had sacked the commissioner for environment and sustainability, Reginald Okun and retired the general manager, of the state waste management board, Aiyamenkue Akonofua.
NAIJ.com gathered that their sack was announced in a statement signed by secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie, and made available to journalists in Benin on Wednesday, April 4.
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