The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has pledged a parcel of land for a skill acquisition centre where youths will live their dreams and reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
Ewuare made the promise in response to a request by the Prelate of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Ekpeyong Akpanika, during a courtesy visit to the Oba’s Palace in Benin City on Tuesday.
He said the Benin throne would assist the church in realising the noble objectives and look forward to worshipping in the church in future.
He said, “Your request is noted and approved. We will work on it. We will do our best to assist you. There is no doubt that the opportunity will present itself for us to come and worship in your church.”
Akpanika, who was represented by Most Reverend Dr. Umahi, expressed his gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary contributions of Oba Ewuare II and his forebears in the preservation of Edo heritage.
He also noted the enduring legacy of the Benin monarchy particularly Oba Erediauwa whose act of philanthropy benefitted the Presbyterian church immensely.
The cleric listed the advancement of education, healthcare and agricultural development as the primary focus of the Mission in Nigeria.
“We remain committed to these fundamental principles, dedicating ourselves to empowering individuals and communities through education and skill acquisition,” Akpanika said.
The high point of the visit was a presentation of a copy of the Bible to Oba Ewuare II and special prayers for the oyal family and Nigeria by the delegation.