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ICE Benin, now a cave of robbers

Samuel Ogbemudia, the former two-time governor of the old Mid Western Region/Bendel state, was a man of many firsts. He pioneered the establishment of the Institute of Continuing Education, ICE, which was conceived when he heard of a brilliant girl who had to drop out of secondary school after she got pregnant. The ICE has rescued many, including youths and civil servants who were eager to attain requirements for admissions into universities and other institutions of higher learning, but could not obtain their O’level certificates from their conventional secondary schools. Among the beneficiaries of the remedial education they received at the ICE are many prominent Nigerians, including the incumbent Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.

However, the center is now a shadow of its old self, now a forest and a hideout for hoodlums operating in the ‘Five Junction/Wire Road axis, under the watch of one of its prominent beneficiaries. The Edo Innovation Hub was established to benefit the remedial center which had been abandoned by successive administrations. However, Obaseki has closed the institution for the past five years, sealing the fate of thousands of Edo Youths who would have taken advantage of the remedial facility. This has also sealed opportunity for higher education provided by the single most important bridge that ferried many from the valley of nonentities to great achievers in their various fields of endeavor. Obaseki has performed wonders in revamping many of the abandoned projects conceived by the late Samuel Ogbemudia, and is waiting to perform the same magic at the Institute of Continuing Education, (ICE).

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