In a concerted effort to combat the escalating issue of youth unemployment in Edo State, Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has committed to providing a parcel of land to establish a skill acquisition center.
This significant pledge was made in response to a formal request during a courtesy visit to the palace in Benin City by the Prelate of the Presbyterian Church, His Eminence, Dr. Ekpeyong Akpanika.
During the visit, Oba Ewuare expressed the Benin throne’s unwavering commitment to supporting the 177-year-old Mission in realizing its noble objectives. The traditional ruler affirmed, “Your request is noted and approved. We will work on it. We will do our best to assist you.”
Representing the Presbyterian church, Most Reverend Dr. Umahi, JP, conveyed profound gratitude and admiration for the remarkable contributions of Oba Ewuare II and his predecessors in safeguarding Edo heritage. He highlighted the enduring legacy of the Benin monarchy, particularly Oba Erediauwa’s philanthropic actions that significantly benefited the Presbyterian church.
The primary areas of focus for the Mission in Nigeria, as articulated by Dr. Akpanika, encompass the advancement of education, healthcare, and agricultural development. He emphasized the Mission’s commitment to empowering individuals and communities through education and skills, reiterating their dedication to these fundamental principles.