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2018 Kabba festival: Kogi says it will develope its cultural tourism for revenue

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2018 Kabba festival: Kogi says it will
develope its cultural tourism for revenue

By John Akubo

The Okun people of Kogi West celebrated the 2018 Kabba Cultural Festival with calls for Government to ensure it is listed among national festivals for its tourism potentials to be harnessed.
Coming barely two weeks after the coronation of the new Obaro of Kabba, Solomon Dele Owoniyi, Obaro Otitoleke Oweyomade 1, and being his first official engagement the people were ecstatic to witness the enhanced face of Owei unity as enunciated by his ascendancy to the throne.
The festival with the theme: ‘Evolving the new face of unity’ is perceived as a celebration and festival of cultural heritage beyond comparison.
The secretary to Kogi State Government Mrs. Folashade Ayoade who represented the Governor said the people place so much premium on their culture and tradition as they are weary of the negative influence of western culture 
“We would not want our culture to be subzoomed by the western culture. We always set a day like this aside to showcase our culture because we value where we are coming from.
“The  state Government is working hard to ensure it utilizes it’s tourism potentials to turn around the State Economy. The state executive council approved for the renovation of the various tourists centers in the State and very soon the tourists centers would be there for every one to come and savor in the State.”
Continuing she said when there is improvement in tourism a lot of revenue would be generated from it as it will attract both local and international visitors  to the State thereby boosting the economy.
A governorship hopeful for the 2019 election on the platform of the ruling APC  Olumoroti George Olusola said
Tourism potentials of Kabba Day said Tourism is one of his priority areas. 
“Kogi State has much more than what Plateau State and Cross Rivers State have we have a lot of potentials; we have the two great rivers Niger and Benue forming a Confluence in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital which is a beauty to behold.
“We have the Lord Lugard history, we have a lot of things we can celebrate. In Kogi East there are lots of cultural endowments,  Same goes for Kogi Central and the Okun land. 
“All that is expected is to have the ability and the knowhow to harness all these endowment to our advantage. If our tourism potentials are properly harnessed tourism would be the highest revenue earner for the State because we actually have what it takes.”
He said in Lokoja there is a grave yard where the colonial masters were buried that some of their people do not know pointing out that the State can make Publicity about them, to make Lokoja another destination for tourists attraction. “It is just 2 hours from Abuja. It Is Just for us to develop the Enviroment and invest money in the tourism sector people will come and we will get more revenue. It is my priority area.”
The special adviser to the Governor on security Jerry Omodara said Culture has become so important to the Kogi State Government and that is why the Government has decided to partner with the peolle to promote the culture and tradition of the Okun people especially with the existing peace in Kabba and the State.
He said Kabba Day is a festival every body look up to because of its significant importance to the Owei and Okun people and Kabba being the headquarters of the Kogi West senatorial district.
The commissioner if Agriculture
Kehinde Oloruntoba called on the organizers of Kabba Day to collaborate with Kogi State Government via the ministry of Cutlture and Tourism so that the day can be listed in the National calendar to draw people from far and near to come visit the historic sites and help upstage the celebration and by so doing people can pay sone token for revenue.
The member representing Kabba/Bunu federal constituency Tajudeen Yusuf said
Tourism is the way to go, it is a money spinning thing saying that when the State can strike the right chord everything would fall in line.
“That is the right direction, for It to become money spinning It Is a marathon race not 100m dash.”

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Lawan sponsors 300 less privilleged couples in Yobe

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has given helping hand to three hundred less privileged couples in Yobe North Senatorial District by footing the bills of their weddings.

The district comprises six Local Government Areas of Bade, Jakusko, Machina, Yusufari, Nguru and Karasuwa.

This was contained in a statement his special assistant (Press) Ezrel Tabio.
The statement indicated that the criteria for qualification for the gesture, is that the intending couples are those who are really of marriageable age but with nobody or means at all to finance their weddings.

He said the Senate President decided to foot the bills in response to the passionate appeal made to him by some parents during his previous visits to his constituents in Yobe North.

The wedding which is to be organized in three phases with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, commenced today in a first phase arrangement that witnessed the marriage of one hundred couples drawn from Bade and Jakusko Local Government Areas in Yobe State. 

The mass wedding which was flagged-off at the Bade Emirate on Saturday, had the intending couples joined as husband and wife, according to Islamic rites, in a ceremony that held at the Bade Central Mosque. 

One hundred couples from Nguru and Karasuwa Local Government Areas of the State are also expected to be wedded in the Second Phase of the mass wedding programme; while another hundred would be drawn from Machina and Yusufari Local Governments for the third phase plan, respectively. 

The dowries of the first one hundred couples were fully paid for by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who is the Sarduana of Bade Emirate.

Furnitures and household items were also provided by the Senate President to the couples who were drawn from sixty wards within the six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District. 

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Ata Igala Suspends ICDA AGM, Dissolves BOT, NEC, endorses Caretaker Committee

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Ata Igala Suspends ICDA AGM, Dissolves BOT,  NEC, endorses Caretaker Committee

By Labaran Tijani, Lokoja.

The Ata Igala , His Royal Majesty, Dr Idakwo Ameh Oboni11 has dissolved the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the National Executive Council of the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA).

The Royal father also endorsed the newly constituted care taker committee to run the affairs of the Association.

In a statement signed by  Yunusa O. Idachaba,the secretary to His Royal Majesty on Friday in Idah which was made available to newsmen, the paramount ruler who is the custodian of Igala Culture said by the development, the AGM of the Association scheduled to hold on Saturday August 1 is suspended.

The statement indicated that the Royal Majesty having noted with dismay the recent events in the foremost Igala Socio- Cultural Organisation, the ICDA, and the array of its  activities, which he said have fall short of the age long aspirations of the Igala Kingdom”, as “a virus has crept into the organisation”.

In particular, the paramount ruler noted the wrangling between the BOT and NEC of the  ICDA over the proposed hosting of an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Honours Award to some prominent Igala sons and daughters scheduled to hold in Anyigba  on Sunday.

“Based on the forgoing, His Royal Majesty has directed that both the NEC and BOT members currently serving in the Association are dissolved for peace to reign.

“Similarly, he has also directed postponement of the AGM till further notice as he endorsed newly constituted caretaker committee to run the affairs of the ICDA in the interim”, the statement indicated.

The Ata expressed the desire to see a united and progressive Association that will contribute to the unity and development of Igala Kingdom, Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

The chairman of the newly constituted national caretaker committee of ICDA,Chief Samuel Oyibo has appealed for understanding and cooperation by individual or group even as he admonished that they refrain from any action or utterances that smacks of disrespect to the public image of the Igala people or nation.

While he sympathised with the delegates from within and outside the state who turned up for the suspended AGM scheduled for Sunday August 1, he said the situation is highly regrettable, stressing that those affected should view it as collective but costly sacrifice for the redemption of the image of Igala people.

In a related development, the kogi state chapter of ICDA commended HRM for his prompt intervention at salvaging the association that is at verge of collapse.

In a statement signed by  Dcn Godwin Idakwo and Inah  H. Isaac, the chapter  pledged their loyalty;  and congratulated the constituted national caretaker committee, praying for wisdom and grace that will enable them to discharge their duty to the benefit of the Igala nation.
Also the Ojujuagbadufu Igala Forum on behalf of the Council and the entire members Congratulated the newly Constituted interim Caretaker Committee for ICDA National Executive Council.
This was contained in a congratulatory message by its President Ukwenya Christopher
“We thank his Royal Majesty for preserving and upholding the Cultural Heritage of the Igala Kingdom.
“We will give all our support to all that will help the Igala Kingdom to regain its Glory.
“We pray that God will give his wisdom to the New National Leadership of ICDA to lead the Association in the right direction.”

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ICDA President kicks as Board of Trustees dissolves EXCO, constitutes Care Taker Committee

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ICDA President kicks as Board of Trustees dissolves EXCO, constitutes Care Taker Committee 

The National President of the Igala Cultural Development Association ( ICDA) Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Amodu has challenged the Board of trustees of the socio-cultural Association for arrogating to itself the power that the constitution did not confer on it.


The Board of Trustees of the ICDA had on Thursday dissolved the former National Executive Council led by Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Amodu at Late Stephen Achema Sport complex in Idah.
The board immediately set up an interim body under the chairmanship of Chief Samuel Oyibo, the Odoma Achadu Ata Igala to run the affairs of the Apex social-culrural Association of  Igala nation.
In a swift reaction the embattled chairman said the Board of Trustees Chairman can not exercise an unconstitutional power over a properly constituted ICDA Executive

He challenged the acclaimed ICDA Board Chairman Simeon Oyigu to stop deceiving people.

According to him, “Any Association that is guided by constitutional provisions will not entertain Petty talks by known dubious and unproductive people.

“ICDA President challenged Mr. Simeon Oyigu to convince the public where he derived such power from to dissolved elected National Executive Council of ICDA.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees at the dissolution and innauguration ceremony, the chairman of the BOT, Dr Simeon Oyigun said the Sadiq Amodu led National Executive Council of the ICDA stands dissolved, because of lost of  confidence and deviation from cause  of Igala.
Other reasons for the sack he said is the conflict of interest between the executive council and the interest of Igala people.
He said the executive chairman has become involved in the body in politics, thereby using the association to feather his nest and exercising power beyond his constitutional role which has obviously ridiculed the much revered Ata Igala stool and the Igala kingdom.

Shedding more light, the board of trustees Secretary, Honorable David Ogwu said all efforts for the Sadiq led national executive council of the association to see reason and retreat from its unconstitutional behaviour and identify with Igala cause or interest which was the basis of the existence of ICDA failed.

According to Ogwu, ICDA was set up to promote the socio-cultural interest of Igala nation, so it remains the eyes of Igala people, and as such, history will not forgive them if they refused to take action, as the Sadiq led national executive council of the Association continued to drag the people of Igala nation in the mud because of his own  personal interest and that of his cohorts.

The BOT noted that it is alien and an embarrissement on Igala nation for the ICDA to involve itself on award giving venture which obviously better the interest of the executive members rather than promoting the people of Igala kingdom.

The ICDA Board Of Trustees therefore constitited a 20-member national caretaker committee to bring sanity to the body.

Their terms of reference include, to take charge of the affairs of ICDA in the best interest of Igala people; review and produce an acceptable constitutional bylaw that best serve the major policy thrust of  Igala people and nation; coordinate and reconcile all interest and opinions in the structure and stakeholders of ICDA; plan, organise and conduct election into the executive committee of ICDA as appropriate within 90 days (3months).

Also, the committee has been empowered to ensure it builds peace and harmony in the body, for the purpose of unity and progress in the Igala nation; undertake any other suitable activities that will serve the interest and objectives of the Igala land; including liasing with relevant stakeholders, traditional institutions and other affiliate socio- cultural groups, stakeholders and ICDA branches.

HRM Micheal Idakwo Oboni11,Ata Igala, received the newly constituted interim national working committee of the ICDA at his palace in Idah on Thursday, shortly after the body was inaugurated by the BOT of the Association.
The royal father enjoined them to be focus, consistent and loyal to the Igala cause.

HRM urged the Igala nation to collaborate with each other to develop Igala land, advising his subjects to evolve productive venture or idea  that will promote  the values of Igala nation, not hollow  project that has no bearing with the upliftment of the land.

He also challenged the people on the need for them to join hands together to see that Igala land receive the development it deserved. HRM charged the newly constituted care taker committee members of the Socio-cultural group to bring life to the association for the benefit of all in the Kingdom.

The inaugurated interim national caretaker committe members include: Chief Samuel Oyibo, chairman, Dr Cletus Arome, Sir S.Y Jibrin,  Barrister Williams Ameh, secretary, Col Sani Tahir (rtd), Col Obeche (rtd), Dr Yakubu Ugwolawo,Sir Tom Idakwo, Sir Jones Iduh, Barrister Williams Ameh,  Hon.Agnes Momoh, Hon. Agnes Adejo, Ambrose Akpah, Barrister Williams Ameh , Labaran Tijani, Hon Abdullazeez Idoko, Sir Tom Idakwo, Abdullahi Sekiru, Mr Godwin Idakwo, Arch.Justice  Akwu, Hon.M .M Ocheni, Isah Abuh.

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