By E.S Ozioto
The Ministry for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs was yesterday a beehive for visitation as the Focal Person, Engr. (Dr.) Abubakar Sadiku Ohere played host to Royal Fathers and Critical Stakeholder from across the state who came to appreciate the Executive Governor, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello over the recent grading and upgrading of traditional rulers in the state.
Opening with Central, the Ohi of Adavi HRH. Alh. Mohammed I. Bello was accompanied by Engr. Abdulmumin Sadiq. the Commissioner for Works and Urban Development; Elder Siyaka Oyibo, the Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund; Hon. Moses Abara, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education; Hon. Hajiya Ladi Ibrahim, Director General, Bureau of Land and Housing Services, Daudu Alh. Isa Ozi Salami and other Political Officials from Adavi Local Government Area.
In his address, the Ohi expressed his gratitude and relayed the goodwill message of the good people of Adavi to the Governor through the honourable Special Adviser. He commended *His Excellency* for the unmatched feat attained on security matters and other sectors. He said *Governor Bello* has successfully freed the people from protracted psychological slavery with the singular move of addressing ages of injustices in the state. He urged the government to be focused and keep doing more to deliver full dividend of democracy to the people and not be distracted by criticism.
In a remark, Engr. Sadiq pledged the unalloyed support of the people of Adavi to the administration of His Excellency.
The Ohi of Adavi later joined the quartet of his counterparts from Okengwe/Okene; Ihima; Eganyi and Eika, HRH Alh. Yusuf A. Yakubu; HRH Ahmed Ogido Abdulraheem; HRH Alh. Isah Achuja and HRH Alh. Shehu Adaviruku Umar to meet with the Special Adviser.
The first class Traditional Rulers all expressed their heartfelt gratitudes for the respect and deserving consideration accorded the traditional institution by the administration of Governor Bello. They prayed fervently for the success of the government and progress of Kogi State.
Similarly, the Olumagongo of Magongo, HRH Sam Bola Ojo; HRH Prof. Olugbemiro Akerejola – the Uburo of Ogori; HRH David Akande – the Otaro Idu, Adabene/Onu and HRH Samuel E. Mosugu – the Otaro Igoli Udeji (Oshobane) of Ogori in company of the Special Adviser on Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Otayite Akerejola Eminefo; the Chief Press Secretary, Hon. Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule and other State Appointees from Ogori-Magongo LGA paid similar visit to His Excellency.
The Royal Fathers thanked the Governor for the honor bestowed on them; extolled his detribalized style of leadership and urged him to remain steadfast and focused while assuring him of the unflinching support of their respective subjects in the grassroots.
Fast forward to the West, the Olujumu of Ijumu Land, HRM. Oba Segun Ayeni and all other Royal Fathers from Ijumu were led by the Council’s Administrator and Chairman ALGON, Kogi State, Hon. Taufiq Isah in company of The Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Adewale Omofaiye; the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Tolorunleke Sunday among other Political Officers and party faithfuls to pay a gratitude homage to His Excellency.
The Ebira Community in Lokoja were not left out as the newly graded Odeyani of Anebira, Lokoja, HRH Alh. Audu Mayaki Otonoku in company of the Chairman, Ebira People’s Association(EPA), Lokoja, Alh. Muhammed Abdullahi; his immediate predecessor, Alh. Abdulkareem Obeito; Alh. Muhammad Otue among other critical stakeholders equally embarked on similar visit.
Responding, Engr. Ohere thanked his Royal visitors and their various high powered entourages for visiting to appreciate the good gestures and laudable achievement of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello. He gave all glory to God for choosing an exemplary character in person of Alh. Yahaya Bello to pilot the affairs of the state while postulating that, addressing age long injustice against the people like His Excellency is currently doing, is indeed a dividend of democracy.
He promised to convey their words of profound gratitude to His Excellency and beseech them to continue to support the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello with prayers so he can continue to deliver on his promises to the people and ultimately take the state to an enviable height.