The campaign for the return of the artefacts looted from Benin kingdom, has been intensified lately, the latest development reaching us, is that the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki, is rallying the German Government in ensuring their return and also the realisation of the proposed Edo Museum of West African Art.
The Governor made this stance known when some top diplomats from the Germen Foreign Office paid him a visit at the Government House in Benin city the Edo State Capital south, south Nigeria.
Governor Obaseki, also used the opportunity to advocate for the establishment of a trust fund to further guarantee the completion of the project
In his word “As a government, we are preparing to launch an independent trust, which will constitute the Royal Family, Edo State Government, the Federal Government and international stakeholders.
“That trust should be transparently structured and properly resourced to take a whole series of actions relating to those works and other activities consequent there from.
“I am glad that we’ve been on that; we’ve set up the legacy restoration trust. We want to also thank some of our donors, who are committed to have a few more excavations under the aegis of the trust.”
He also added, “As you know, culture is a living thing; the artefacts that we are dealing with today are a repetition of our culture at a certain point in time.