By Nosa Akenzua, Benin
The last may not have been heard of why the Oba of Benin, Ewuare 11, suspended Mr Harrison Okao as Ohenosa of the Holy Arousa Cathedral Church in Benin City.
It was gathered that Okao was suspended over alleged unauthorised ministration as his suspension was coming on the heels of the recommendation from the Joint Elders Committee of the Cathedral Church including some chiefs of the Benin place.
A statement signed by the secretary, Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr Frank Irabor, stated that the suspension of Okao was predicated upon “long standing breach and nonchalant attitude of Harrison Okao over several years and age-long customs and traditions, adding that the suspension would further bring peace and sanity regarding worship at the Holy Arousa Cathedral.
Accordingly, part of the statement reads “The decision is expected to bring lasting sanity and tranquility to the holy spiritual environment that is imperative in Holy Arousa Cathedral of Benin City which has hitherto been absent in the Holy Arousa because of the non-compliance with tradition and customs by Harrison Okao over several years” and urged Okao to henceforth stop parading himself as Ohenosa and handover property of the Cathedral Church to One Esere including the Cathedral Bank account. Meanwhile, in its quest to reduce unemployment in the state, the Edo state government has agreed to partner the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN).
The permanent secretary, ministry of wealth creation and employment, Mr Joel Edionwe, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, noted that the state government was determined to make the state more viable for employment as it was willing to provide the necessary policy frame works and enabling environment it to succeed in the state