Edo Poly intensifies plans for colourful Arts, Culture Festival

Rector, Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, Prof. Abiodun Falodun (middle) with Edo Poly Festival of Arts and Culture committee members, after a meeting with the management of the institution, in Usen, Edo State
BENIN CITY – In furtherance of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s charge for state institutions to take the lead in innovative ideas, the management of the Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, is intensifying plans for its Arts and Culture Festival, billed to hold from September 23 to 24, at Usen.
Rector of the institution, Prof. Abiodun Falodun, disclosed this in a chat with journalists, stating that the festival committee is hard at work to ensure a successful Arts and Culture Festival.
According to him, “We are revving up preparations for the festival which is billed to hold in September. As an institution that prides itself as a leader in innovation, we are prepared to give our best at this festival. It is the first we are organising, so we are bent on making a statement. We are rallying the communities in Ovia to ensure that they participate robustly in this festival. It is their festival and we are pulling the resources to ensure that we have a good outing.”
He noted that a lot of stakeholder engagements are ongoing to ensure that the right calibre of persons attend the festival, stating, “The committee will be meeting with the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs to firm arrangements from the government end.”
He added that the institution is also planning on build a Museum to hold and showcase the arts and cultural assets in Ovia communities and their environs.
“We are making sure that this school truly occupies a pride of place in Edo State. That is why we also intend to build a museum that will attract tourists to Usen community. The museum will hold the cultural assets in the local community and also help in telling the story of the people,” he added.

Edo govt assesses impact of flooding, assures victims of relief materials

Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Dame Omua Oni-Okpaku (2nd left) with a victim of flooding during the assessment tour of flooded areas in Benin City
BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has assessed the impact of flooding in different parts of Benin City, the state capital, and has concluded modalities to provide relief materials for hardest hit communities, after heavy rainfall on Monday.
During the assessment tour, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Yakubu Gowon, said the state government will assist the victims with relief materials while measures are being put in place to control flooding in the future.
He said, “The first form of relief for these victims is to empathise with them. We are here to do that, to see where the pain itches the most. We are assessing the extent of damage caused by the floods and are making arrangement to have relief items provided to the hardest-hit communities and victims.”
He decried that the flooding at the Ugbor area in Benin City, was caused by a building erected on the natural flow path of the drains, urging residents to seek approval from the appropriate authority before they construct buildings.
Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Dame Omua Oni-Okpaku, said a permanent solution is being worked out to control flooding challenges in the state. She added that the drains in Erediauwa area would be de-silted while the water will be channeled to the moat in the area while a permanent solution would be provided very soon.
The Commissioner tasked residents on proper waste disposal, regular clearing of drains and adjusting to new behaviours to mitigate climate change, noting, “Sensitisation is ongoing against indiscriminate building and on improper waste disposal. We want to revive neighbourhood watch through which traditional rulers will help check against indiscriminate building in their area of jurisdiction.”
The affected areas visited by the state government officials include, the Bonisk Crescent and Sam Excellent Atitiekae Avenue at Ugbor, GRA and Erediauwa Road, off Benin-Sapele Road.

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