BENIN-CITY – The Benin Traditional Council (BTC) has announced the constitution of an interim Elders Council for the Holy Aruosa Cathedral which was hitherto closed down for reorganisation as a result of the removal of Mr Harrison Okao as Ohenosa.

The interim Elders Council, according to a statement by the Secretary, BTC, Frank Irabor, has been approved by the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II.

It is to be headed by Chief Norense Ozigbo-Esere (Osuma) as Chairman; Chief OMOREGIE Stanley OBAMWONYI (Esere), Vice Chairman; while Chief Ekhorovbiye Oviasogie (Eribo) and Chief Edionwe Oliha (Oliha) are members.

The statement indicated that the constitution of the interim Elders Council is a follow-up to the dissolution of the Elders Council headed by Chief Omonomose Igbinovia (Osagiobariase) as acting Chairman.

The move, the statement noted, was to facilitate the reopening of the cathedral.

The mandate of the interim Elders Council, the statement added is to nominate an acting Ohenosa for the Holy Aruosa Cathedral as soon as possible for the consideration and approval of the Benin Monarch.