Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dangote Group, on Wednesday, paid homage to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom and Edaiken ‘N Uselu Eheneden Eradiawa.
Dangote, who said he was in the palace to commiserate with him on the demise of the late Oba, as well as congratulate him on his forthcoming coronation as the new Oba of Benin, also promised to bring more investment to the state.
He said that with the kind of weather and natural resources in the state, Edo could be made an employment hub for job seekers.
He added that the. state was so blessed and creating jobs would not be a difficult task.
He expressed delight that the prince would be crowned as the new Oba of Benin on Sept. 26, saying that the late Oba served the people of Edo in particular and the country well.
He added that “I have no doubt that with you as the next Oba, Benin will be taken to the next level.
“I also know that your experience as an Ambassador will be brought to bare.”
He assured the monarch of his continued support to the kingdom.
Responding, the crown prince said he was delighted to receive Dangote in his palace.
He gave assurance that he would do all it takes to justify the confidence reposed in him by the people.
He said “when God gives an assignment, He provides the means and resources by which the assignment will
be accomplished.”
He appealed to Dangote to always represent the state before the Federal Government, noting that “I know you always have a way of attacking any government in power, please always help actualise state’s request before the Federal Government.”
He also appealed to Dangote to help support and promote tourism in the state.
According to him, he has a passion to promote tourism in the state so as to create employment for the unemployed through the establishment of a finery.
He urged the business mogul to support the initiative to make Gelegele, a coastal community in the state, a Free Trade Zone.
Earlier, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied Dangote on the visit, said that the business tycoon was in the palace to commiserate with the royal household, in addition to congratulating the monarch on his forthcoming coronation.

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