A satellite town may spring up in Edo State that would steady power supply and other modern amenities. This is the wish of the Oba of Benin. This would be part of plans to boost Benin cultural heritage, according to Oba Ewuare 11 who has proposed to establish a satellite town at Ugoneki in Uhunmwode local government area.
Martin Uhomoibhi, chairman, Global Book Presentation Committee, who gave the hint at a press conference on the public presentation of the Benin Red Book, titled, “Benin Monarchy”, an anthology of Benin history, on Monday said the satellite town would provide 24-hour power supply to the people.
Uhomoibhi said the satellite town which would be located at Ugoneki village along Benin- Agbor Road would also have basic infrastructure such as security and water.
He also added that heads of government at national and sub-national levels as well as traditional rulers across the country would grace the book launch scheduled to take place next Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The former Nigeria ambassador to Switzerland and permanent representative to the United Nations office in Geneva also disclosed that members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry, notable curators and archivists, distinguished academics, as well as history and art aficionados from across the world are expected at the event.
While noting that the occasion promises to be an epochal one, he added that it would also herald the unveiling of the culmination of the Oba’s committed efforts to uphold Bini heritage and effectuate the regeneration of the unique essence of the Benin kingdom in the consciousness of the world.
He also added that the book which weighs about 6.8 kilograms has contribution from 18 scholars, some of them the most highly respected authorities within and outside Nigeria on Benin history, 598 pages of meticulously researched articles and 441 iconic images.