A Sociocultural Organization, the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA), has commended the Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Edward Onoja for his commitment towards uplifting the socioeconomic well-being of the Igala people and the State in general.
The National President of the association, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Amodu gave the commendation on Wednesday when he led other members of his executive to Ogugu, the country home of Onoja to convey their New Year message.
He described the Chief of staff as a worthy son of Igalaland and an example to the virtues of the ethnic stock in Kogi East.
According to him, “if past leaders of Igala origin were doing exactly what Onoja is currently doing – impacting lives of the people through attraction of infrastructural development, the area would have been far removed from the under-development and backwardness that is its lot at the moment.
He stressed that though the association is not a political or religious one, the Igala people know who is truly theirs and championing their cause and would pay for the kind gestures accorded them at the right time.
“We are not blind to the fact that you have made a lot of sacrifices for our people, the entire Kogi East and Kogi State in general. We are very proud of you for your demonstration of a leadership model that is rare in this part of the country. You have helped put Igala on the international pedestal again,” he noted.
He also took out time to applaud the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for providing the state with a leadership style that is devoid of tribal and religious coloration, which is a departure from what obtained in the past.
In his remarks, Edward Onoja thanked the body for their kind words and used the occasion to sell the candidature of all APC candidates in the upcoming elections while soliciting their support in the interest of the entire Igala race and Kogi State in general.
Onoja also disclosed to the people that by the end of 2019, 70-80% of Igala land, which is presently in darkness will be electrified, noting that the governor of the state Alh Yahaya Bello has promised to do so as contained in this year’s budget.
He stressed that the major reason Igala land is underdeveloped was due to lack of power supply which he described as ‘catalyst’ for development.
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