The Chairman of Conservative Commonwealth Association for Romford Constituency in the United Kingdom (UK) and member of UK’s chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Diaspora, Mrs. Gloria Adagbon, yesterday congratulated the Bini monarch, Oba Ewuare II.
She said: “His development agenda stands him out as a visionary leader.”
In a statement, the lawyer and social media influencer expressed confidence in the oba and felicitated with Edo residents for having a monarch who she said would address key challenges in Benin Kingdom.
Mrs Adagbon also congratulated Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki for outlining his administration’s blueprint for sectors.
The APC chieftain noted that Obaseki’s development agenda correlated with that of Oba Ewuare II.
She said: “It must be noted that it is not too often that you have a new oba and a new governor – both focusing on a similar agenda for development. Just like Oba Ewuare II, who ascended to the throne of his ancestors accepted his staff of office to lead his people, Edo Governor-elect Obaseki shall also be sworn into office on November 12 to lead the people of Edo State.”
Mrs. Adagbon, who is also a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Media Team, added: “This is certainly a significant development that will bring positive change for Edo State.
“It is a new dawn in Edo State as there is a synergy of purpose in Oba Ewuare II’s reformist agenda of re-enacting a cultural renaissance and Obaseki’s vision of restoring the state’s socio-cultural values.”
Recalling the monarch’s inaugural speech, Mrs. Adagbon said Oba Ewuare II spoke admirably about his people and their expectations, “setting a development agenda that he will embark upon as he ascends the throne. The depth of his vision was profoundly remarkable.”
The statement also said: “It highlighted the problems of unemployment, especially among the youths and his concerns about living standards. This bears a striking correlation with the agenda of Governor-elect Obaseki, who has placed job creation as a major focus of his incoming administration.
“The correlation between the Oba’s agenda of partnering with government to attract domestic and international resources for the establishment of clusters of agro-based industries can be seen in Obaseki’s vision to create employment through the diversification of the economy; investments in agriculture and establishment of agro-based industries.
“While the Oba is focusing on tourism and production through arts and crafts, Obaseki, coincidentally, pledged, during the electioneering campaign, to invest in initiatives that would boost tourism and promote the socio-cultural values of the people.”
According to her, Oba Ewuare II has rekindled the cultural renaissance in which Obaseki promised to invest and develop policies for to make Edo State a centre for tourist attractions.
Mrs Adagbon said this would also promote the Bini culture and tradition.
She added: “Reforming palace administration to adequately respond to the people’s sincere and deep-longing for justice, equity and stability also correlates with Obaseki’s agenda, which is hinged on justice, stability, peace and progress, in line with his commitment of citizens first; putting the people’s interests above others, improving living standards and general well-being of the people.”
SOURCE: THE NATION