Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, over stolen Benin artifacts that are to be returned from abroad.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the governor said that the state government in collaboration with partners had completed arrangements to set up a museum for the artifacts in the state.
He expressed optimism that when completed, the museum would be a tourist attraction and source of revenue for the state.
He said: “I just decided to pop in to see the Chief of Staff and to just touch base on a few issues, particularly as it relates to the artifacts.
“I’m sure you know that we’ve been in conversations with the federal government on the artifacts. Lots of Benin artworks that are in Europe and the Americas.
“We’ve had conversations on how to return these works, particularly as some countries have indicated their interest and desire to return the works.
“I just come to brief the Chief of Staff on the steps that have been taken on the level of collaboration with the federal government, and the plans to build a museum in Benin that will host these works.
“And also that beyond the works, we are going to be having much archeological work undertaken to see what we can find and also research and resurrection of cultural heritage are the most.”
On the readiness of the state government to receive the artifacts, the governor stated: