Attah-Igala and President, Kogi Council of Chiefs, Dr Michael Idakwo, Ameh-Oboni ll, on Friday urged the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) to remain committed to the promotion of values and development of the land.
Idakwo made the call while receiving the newly inaugurated 20-member Interim National Working Committee of the ICDA, the apex socio-cultural association of the Igala nation, at his palace in Idah.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Executive Council of the association was dissolved on Thursday by the Board of Trustees at the Stephen Achema Sports Complex, Idah.
The royal father urged various associations and groups of the Igala extraction to collaborate and come up with productive initiatives and ventures that would promote the values and development of the area.
He advised the interim committee members to avoid frivolities, advising that all hands must be on deck to fast-track the development of the Igala.
Chief Samuel Oyibo, Chairman, ICDA Committee and the Odoma Achadu Attah-Igala, thanked the royal father for his blessings.
Oyibo pledged to conduct the affairs of the association with utmost loyalty, decency and commitment to the cause of the kingdom.
Earlier, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Dr Simeon Oyiguh, said that the former executive council, led by Alhaji Abubakar Amodu, was dissolved for loss of confidence, arising from its loss of focus.
Oyiguh said that the former executive council derailed and jettisoned the people’s cause.
He noted that the executive council became partisan against the founding principles of the association and thereby ridiculed the Attah-Igala stool and the kingdom.
Also speaking, Mr David Ogwu, the the Secretary, Board of Trustees of the association, noted that the terms of reference of the committee included overseeing the affairs of the association in the best interest of the Igala, review and produce an acceptable constitutional bylaw that would best serve the major policy thrust of the Igala.
According to him, the committee is mandated to coordinate and reconcile all interests and opinions in the structure.
Ogwu said that the committee was also mandated to conduct an election into the executive committee of the ICDA within 90 days.
“It is also to build trust, ensure peace and harmony in the body and as well, liaise with the relevant stakeholders, including traditional institutions, other affiliate socio-cultural groups and branches of the ICDA,” Ogwu said.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Tribal association honours illustrous sons, daughters in Kogi
The Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), a socio-cultural group in Kogi state on Sunday conferred Merit Awards on 24 of its illustrous sons and daughters for their contributions to societal development.
Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, president of the association, while speaking at the 2020 Igala Merit Award ceremony in Anyigba, said the awardees including Chief Yusuf Okpanachi, a philanthropist, were so honoured for their outstanding contributions towards the upliftment of Igala Kingdom.
Sadiq noted that Okpanachi had embarked on varous intervention projects across rural communities in Igala land, such as provision of potable water, roads, electricity, health facility as well as women and youth empowerment.
He described Okpanachi as a worthy son of the Igala Kingdom whose interventions had positively touched the lives of the vulnerable and downtrodden.
The ICDA president explained that the “2020 Igala Merit Award” was meant for those who had contributed immensely to the development of their immediate communities as well as those who distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
He said the “Ugbono of Igala Kingdom” award given to Okpanachi is the highest category in the land which entitled him to use Commander of Igala Kingdom (CIK) in his name.
Okpanachi, in his remarks, thanked ICDA for recognising his efforts and assured that the honour would spur him to do more for the people.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Edward Onoja, Deputy Governor of Kogi State, described ICDA as the only platform that could be effectively used to achieve the needed peace, unity and harmonious relationship in Igala land.
“The greatness of Igala Kingdom should be our major priority. We should be concerned in assisting in the provision of infrastructure for the development of our people as governments worldwide cannot do it all alone,” Onoja said.
Responding on behalf of other recipients, Abdullahi Halims, lawmaker representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, commended ICDA for the initiative to honour deserving Igala sons and daughters.
He urged the association to sustain the the spirit of encouragement saying that it would spur well meaning citizens to support the less privileged in the society.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Kogi Govt. seeks traditional rulers’ support on polio vaccination
Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has called for the support of traditional rulers and other stakeholders for effective polio vaccination in the state.
The Executive Director of the agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, made the call during an advocacy visit to the Attah of Igala, Dr Michael Idakwo Ameh-Oboni II, at his palace on Tuesday in Idah Local Government Area of Kogi.
Yakubu appreciated the roles played by traditional rulers, especially in ensuring that people were sensitised to participate in routine immunisations in the state.
He said that the advocacy visit to the palace was in respect of the Fractional Inactivated Polio Vaccine (FIPV) scheduled for Jan. 21 till Jan. 26 in the nine local government areas of Kogi East.
He noted that “this is another opportunity for us to put a final nail on the coffin of polio in Kogi, and we want everybody to be involved.
“We have had series of advocacy visits to the stakeholders for support on the ongoing campaign on FIPV to be carried out in Kogi East.
“It is very important for us to see that this exercise enjoys atmosphere of goodwill from our royal majesty, to seek his support, so that the people can be vaccinated.
“It is part of the efforts we have put in place to kick out poliomyelitis out of the state completely.”
The director explained that the agency had visited the Police Commissioner to ensure that security was in place.
In his response, Alhaji Adama Sule, the Secretary of Igala Area Traditional Council, who spoke on behalf of the Attah of Igala, commended the agency and the state government for efforts on polio eradication in the state.
He added that his royal majesty had been a partner to all the healthcare programmes in the state, and thanked donor agencies who had been contributing to the success of the programme.
”His Majesty is an advocate of quality healthcare for his people and we will continue to sensitise ourselves and send the messages across every nook and cranny of Kogi East, as well as to all the royal chiefs.
“We pray on behalf of his majesty that polio should be kicked out finally from Kogi State,” Sule said.
The team also paid advocacy visit to His Royal Highness, the Onu of Ibaji, Chief John Egwemi in Ibaji Local Government Area, who said he was delighted to receive the team.
”I am delighted to see you, because it is very embarrassing that after all the efforts to kick polio out, polio is still found in Igala land in Ibaji.
“Our efforts now is to ensure that it is finally kicked out as planned by the entire world.”
Egwemi appreciated the agency for taking the pains to come to his people even on canoe and in spite of the terrain.
“I am happy because it is a laudable programme; that you are taking the trouble to reach out to us, to kick polio out of our society,” the monarch said.
Earlier, Alhaji Yusuf Acheku, the Kogi State Health Educator, said that the state government embarked on pre-social mobilisation activities for the FIPV to ensure that people were adequately informed.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu