Re-enacting the Virtues of Ambrose Alli in Governance

Re-enacting the Virtues of Ambrose Alli in Governance

(A Communique by Esan Youths Movement in Celebration of the Life and Times of Ambrose Alli, Legend of Bendel State)


In observance of the annual memorial celebration of the life and times of Late Prof Ambrose Folorunsho Alli, the first executive governor of Bendel State, now Edo and Delta States, the Esan Youths Movement (EYM), (Apex youth organization in Esanland with over 50,000 registered members worldwide) held a memorial session to mark the 30th Anniversary of the demise of the late legend thereby bringing up the following recommendations in effort to re-enact his sterling virtues in contemporary governance and service to humanity:

  1. That the ideals and principles which Prof Ambrose fought and died for be kept alive by the present generation of political leaders.

These great ideals includes making education accessible to the greatest number of people nothwithstanding their status in life, provision of quality and free medical service to citizens, providing social amenities including roads, hospitals, housing, schools etc to make life good for the people.

  1. Specifically, the Esan Youth Movement is asking the Edo State Government to as a matter of urgency embark on the following:

a. The state government should please order a drastic reduction in the tuition fees charged at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) to make the school accessible to all in-line with the founding dreams, ideals and virtues of the great legend. His dream of building the university is currently being derailed if the expensive status quo is allowed to remain. We cannot claim to genuinely celebrate Ambrose Alli if the ivory tower named in his memory is not accessible to the poor masses whom he fought to better their lives through education.

b. That the state governor should embark on massive employment of teachers in public secondary schools in Edo State. As it stands now, most secondary schools in Edo State lack teachers and we cannot be celebrating Alli if the schools he built are now buildings full of learners without teachers. The essence of a school is to teach it’s students and you cannot do this without teachers.

c. The state government should as a matter of urgency renew interest in promoting Alli’s legacy by declaring his memorial, September 22, as a public holiday in the state. His memorial was also his birthday and this important coincidence should be recognized by the state. This will go a long way to inculcate his virtues in the consciousness of the younger generation in good governance, selflessness and courage.

d. The government should kindly upgrade the Ambrose Alli’s residence in Ekpoma with structures and amenities befitting world class tourist site to receive tourist and pilgrimes who want to pray in his grave site. Infrastructures like library, museum and cultural center should be incorporated in his compound where his relics should be on display for access to tourist and visitors. The building should be fully taken over by Government with compensation, such that it should be the site of a new Museum called The Ambrose Alli Museum of Legends which should host not only Alli relics but the relic of all great leaders who have contributed to Edo State from the days of Midwest. Staff of Government should be employed to take charge of the Proposed Museum.

e. The government of Edo and Delta States should honour Alli across the length and breath of old Bendel States by naming City Squares, major roads and streets in the cities and towns of the two states in honour of the legend.

This is the position of Esan Youths Movement and we plead that they should be implemented in record time to truly and genuinely celebrate the legend after 30 years of death.

May God bless the soul of Prof Ambrose Folorunsho Alli. Amen.

Long live Esanland,
Long live Edo State
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!


Comrade Kingsley Ohens
National President

Elder Peter Imahansoloeva

Enaholo Abel Usiale

Saintmoses Eromosele

Osajele Godsent Jomo

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