As a mark of honour and respect for the late Oba of Benin who died recently, the Edo State government has declared a five-day public holiday with effect from Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to mourn the revered royal father.
In a government special announcement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua, only those on essential services in hospitals, health centres, the Fire Service and others are exempted from observing the public holiday.
The Nigerian national flag is expected to be flown at half mast across the state during the five-day mourning period while work is expected to resume on Monday, 9th May, 2016.
All government offices, establishments and parastatals are expected to fully comply with the directive.
Meanwhile, Edo State frontline governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi, yesterday described the late Oba as a distinguished monarch whose reign has brought peace and development to the Kingdom.
The former minister of Works in a statement made available to newsmen at his campaign office in Benin City also expressed his condolences to the family of the Benin monarch, the good people of Benin Kingdom and the entire people of the state.
The statement reads in part, “On behalf of myself and family, I express my heartfelt condolences to the entire royal family of the distinguished monarch, patriot and statesman, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom and also commiserate with the people of Benin over the transition of our great monarch to the world beyond.