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How Obaseki Played Host To Delta Gov, Oborevwori, Others At 60th Anniversary Of Midwest Referendum Colloquium



The Oasis Reporters


August 29, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his wife, Mrs. Betsy; Representative of Delta State Governor and Delta Commissioner for Works, Aniagwu Charles, and Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku, during an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the Midwest Referendum and 32nd anniversary of Edo State, held at the Government House, Benin City, on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

 

 

 L-R: Former Edo State Deputy Governor, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his wife, Mrs. Betsy; Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Daniel Iyobosa Okungbowa, and representative of Chief Edwin Clark, Amb. Igali Godknows, during Edo State 32 anniversary Luncheon in Benin City, on Sunday, August 27, 2023

 

 

 



The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Monday, August 28, 2023, played host to his Delta State counterpart, Sheriff Oborevwori, and other stakeholders from Delta and Edo States at a colloquium to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Midwest Referendum.




The referendum for the creation of the then Midwestern region of Nigeria, later renamed Bendel State in 1976, now Edo and Delta states, was held on Saturday, July 13, 1963, following the March 29, 1963 proclamation of the Federal Government of Nigeria, empowering the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, to conduct the referendum.




The colloquium being organised by the state government is among other activities lined up to celebrate the Diamond anniversary of the Referendum, bringing together leaders from the two States among other stakeholders to chart a path forward.




In a statement, Chief Press Secretary to the Edo State Governor, Andrew Okungbowa, said the Colloquium with the theme, ‘60 years after the referendum, which way Midwest?’ will be held at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, Airport Road, Benin City by 10 am, on Monday, August 28, 2023.




According to him, the event hads a panel session with Prof. Michael Vickers, Prof. G. G. Darah, Prof. Uyilawa Usuanlele, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, and Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as panelists, with Chief Nduka Obaigbena as moderator.



Okungbowa said, “The Colloquium began with the National Anthem (in Edo Language) by Princess (Mrs.) Ivie Betty Uwa-Igbinoba, Zonal Director, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Edo Zonal Office (comprising Ẹdo, Delta and Kogi states).



“The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the Chief host gave the welcome remarks at the event, while his Delta State counterpart, Sheriff Oborevwori through his representative, gave the closing remarks.



“Prof. Eghosa Osaghae and Prof. Edward Erhagbe were the keynote speakers at the event with the topics, ‘Referendums and Federal Solutions’ and ‘Restructuring Nigeria: The Fears, Challenges and Prospects’ respectively.”



He added, “The panel session, facilitated by Chief Nduka Obaigbena, had the panelists Prof. Michael Vickers, Prof. G. G. Darah, Prof. Uyilawa Usuanlele, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo and Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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