The Oba of Benin has been nominated Chairman of the Committee of Traditional Rulers of Oil, Mineral Producing States comprising Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Imo, Abia, Ondo, AkwaIbom and Cross River states.
The Patron of TROMPCOM and Amanayabo of Brass in Bayelsa State, His Royal Highness, King Diete Spiff announced this when he paid Oba Ewuare 11 a courtesy visit in his Palace in Benin City.
He informed the Benin Monarch that the body was formed to address the problems posed by oil exploration and gas flaring in the area, in order to bring succor to the people of the oil producing states, whose environment have been devastated by it.
King Diete Spiff explained that the chairmanship of the body is rotational every two years, and that is now the turn of Edo State to chairman the body, hence he decided to com personally to plead with the Oba of Benin to honour them by accepting the chairmanship.
The Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare the second expressed gratitude to King Diete Spiff for nominating him as chairman of the body. The Benin Monarch said he accepts the responsibility and prayed God and the ancestors to grant him the wisdom and good health to do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.
The Omo N’oba however called for the utilization of the abundant gas resources instead of flaring it to cause environmental and health hazards for the people.
The Oba of Benin also received the Otaru of Igarra, His Royal Highness, Oba E.A. Saiki lll, who was in the palace to inform the Monarch about his 20th Coronation Anniversary coming up in October once in seven years.