By OSEHOBO OFURE
Indigenes of Orogho Village in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State have called on the multinational firm, Presco Plc to stop present claims that about 2,500 hectares of communal land that was recently allocated them by the Edo state government saying that they were not consulted over the transaction.
The community’s position is contained in an open letter to Presco Plc management and signed by the oldest man in the village, Pa Ferguson Osas for Orogho Concerned Indigenes, Elders in Council and Opinion Leaders.
The community stated that they were highly disturbed by ongoing speculations that their ancestral land belongs to another community called Sokponba and that it has now been allotted to the company by the Edo state government without their consent.
They pointed out ” there was a formal consultation with us, the state government and the Benin monarch before approval and certificate of occupation was issued over the previous 14,400 hectares,” stressing that “Orogho land cannot be given out without our consent. For ages, it has been our ancestral land without dispute from successive governments even before the advent of the imperialists”.The statement sought to erase the notion that the present land area occupied by Presco Plc belongs to Sokponba community insisting that the area belongs to Orogho.