By Yahaya Idris, Koton-Karfe
“Declares, the people of Kotonkarfe consider Gov Bello as a true son of the soil who God has used to proved on the wellbeing of the populace, Barr. Tanko tells visiting Commissioner”.
The Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area, Hon. (Barr.) Muhammed Tanko Musa has commended traditional rulers in Kogi State for being ”one of the strong pillars upon which the state stands.”
Barr. Tanko stated this during a familiarization tour to some hierarchy and first class traditional rulers in the State, a movement which was coordinated by the brand new Commissioner for LG & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. (Barr.) Momodu Abdulsalami Ozigi Deedat.
The Koton-Karfe Administrator who received the Commissioner, Administrators from various LGAs, at Ohimegye Igu, Royal Palace Koton-Karfe, on Friday said the government has continued to tap from the wisdom of traditional rulers in the developmental efforts of government at all levels.
Barr. Tanko thanked Ohimegye Igu for always being there for them, government and people of the State whenever his service is needed as custodian of the people.
The versatile Legal luminary cum award winning pragmatic Administrator of Kogi LG also told Ohimegye and elders in council that he was one among the 21 LGAs Administrators that accompanied the Honourable Commissioner to meet with some Royal fathers with aimed of seeking synergy and Cooperation to enable the State move on to the most desired level of prosperity, growth and development.
Barr. Tanko used the medium to quickly introduced the Kogi LG Administrative Team to the Commissioner ranging from Council Secretary, Hon. Babaji Ndako, Director LG, Barr. Ibrahim, Kogi LG Treasurer, Hon. Yusuf Abdullahi Ohikwura, some supervisory councilors, party leaders and many others.
Earlier, LG & Chieftaincy Affairs Commissioner, Hon. Momodu Abdulsalam Ozigi Deedat said Administrators and himself were in Koton-Karfe Kingdom to seek for synergy, blessings and cooperation from the Royal father, having gone round to other places in the three Senatorial Districts of the State do same.
Mr. Ozigi described ascensions of traditional rulers to the throne of their various royal forefathers as historic and divinely hence to give them necessary support and respect they could ever desired.
According to him, the traditional stool is always there forever unlike political office likened to Army Barracks where Soldiers come and go.
He told the paramount ruler of Koton-Karfe Kingdom that their fatherly roles was well felt in the just concluded first term of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and they are looking forward for replication of such gestures.
He also promised to ensure their welfare is given promptly and at when due so that the cordial relationship between the traditional rulers and state government will going to exist.
“Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello is out to make a difference, he is equal to the task, all he needed now is your support and prayer to enable him succeed”. Mr. Ozigi Deedat stated.
Speaking on behalf of the ALGON leadership, the ALGON treasurer who doubles as the Chief Administrator of Okehi LG, Hon. Abdulrahm Ohiare, stated that the entire Leadership of ALGON sympathize with Ohimegye over the sad incident that occurred on January 2nd, 2020 where it was reported that over 20 persons were unjustly killed by unknown Gunmen.
Speaking further, said Ohimegye has always being a special father to them, promising that the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello will never let him down.
He also said the Egbira from Koton-Karfe are their truly brothers and sisters hence for more synergy to enable their own very son who was just appointed to man ministry for LG and Chieftaincy Affairs to succeed.
The Commissioner delegation has the following personalities which are, Administrators from various LGAs, their aides and other key government functionaries were part of the royal visit.
While welcoming onboard the new Commissioner, His Royal Majestic, Ohimegye Koton-Karfe and Secretary Traditional Council of Chiefs Kogi Stat, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani Isah-Koto commended Governor Yahaya Bello for what he described as his war against insecurity and as well ”infrastructural development efforts spread all over the State.”
He stressed that the State Government was doing a great work in actualizing its vision and other critical sectors of the economy in order to make Kogi one of the frontline economies in the country.
Ohimegye tasks his people in his domain and those at others LGAs to continue to join hands with the State Government to move the State to the next level of growth and development.
His words: ”Gov Yahaya Bello has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he has all it takes to move the State to the next level, therefore, we should continue to pray, give him maximum support to succeed.” Ohimegye said.
Barr. Tanko Lauds Ohimegye Igu Over Equitable Distribution of Socio-Economic Amenities In Ozi Community.
Yahaya Idris, Koton-Karfe.
In a bid to maintain harmonious coexistence among his subjects, the Ohimegye Igu, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani Isah-Koto on Friday, resolved a long standing disagreement among the residents of Ozi which was occasioned by social and economic deprivation of some bonafide members of the community.
The paramount ruler who invited the disputants and relevant stakeholders to his palace for amicable resolutions on the contentious matters of social and economic activities, prevailed on all parties to agree on reasonable sharing formula in the interest of peace and progress.
He counselled against cornering common wealth to cause disunity and turning brothers in Ozi community against each other.
In his remarks, Senior Special Assistant on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the Governor, Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa commended the Ohimegye for his royal wisdom as shown in his fatherly ruling on such crucial matter that affects the lives and properties of the people.
Barr. who is Danmasani a traditional tittle in Kotonkarfe stated further that the fatherly role the Ohimegye played will go a long way in entrenching peace and harmony among the people of Ozi and should be emulated by other communities.
Similarly, the Danmasani Koton-Karfe and Head of the peace committee on Lakwo land submitted an Interim Report on the dispute between Onzo and Osuku communities to the Ohimegye.
It will be recalled that following disagrees between the Onzo and Osuku communities over farmlands, the Ohimegye Igu, Alhaji AbdulRazak Sani Isa-Koto, assigned one of his traditional tittle holders, the Danmasani to preside over a committee to promptly wade into the matter for amicable resolution.
The interim report though not read out, is said to has dwelt on the achievement of the much needed peace and agreement to negotiate on the disputed lands.
Barr.Tanko, while submitting the interim report, urged the Ohimegye as the father to all sons and daughters of Kogi LGA not to allow some selfish elements to divert his attention from the course of justice he has already taken, stressing that he has every right to pass Judgement that will keep his people under the peaceful atmosphere.
In his remarks, the former member Kogi state House of Assembly, Hon. Barr. Tanko Abdulrahman Ozi, who represented Kogi/Koto constituency, lauded Ohimegye Igu on the ruling and described his benevolence to his people as gift from the Almighty God. He added that the royal ruling passed by paramount ruler is a testimony of the originality of his true personality, and prayed God to sustain His Royal Majesty to witness more years on the throne.
His Royal Majesty, Ohimegye in his ruling advised the people of his Kingdom, to always show kindness towards others, their family and the entire Kogi LG. He noted that there will be no development in a rancorous society and therefore sue for peace, unity, and love for one another.
The Monarch frowned at the attitude of those illegally claiming ownership of community land at detriment of others urging them to desist that such attitude will breed underdevelopment.
He thanked the former Administrator for presenting him with an Interim Report on Lakwo Land urging him to keep up doing the good job for his people. He further reassured him of his continued support.
Kogi Water Supply: Gov. Bello, Water Resources Commissioner, Danga Have Performed
By Odaudu Abraham
I would have loved to be silent on anything that has to do with politics mostly in my dear Kogi state but on this I must voice out.
If there is one desire I have always hoped for before the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello, was a revolution where the youths will take over the leadership of the state and steer it for a better and great Kogi State of our dream.
Your Excellency Sir, if not for anything you have won my support and loyalty. You have me as your own from the Eastern part of the state, Hon Abdulmumin Danga has won my love for you through his stewardship and giant strides recorded in my district mostly my village.
At about 9:15 a:m one faithful day sitting gently under tree when a group of youths arrived my community which is about 30 minutes drive away from Dekina town, I hardly identify between the commissioner and his fellowers, very simple, calm, intelligent and committed.
On approaching us, the commissioner for water Resources said” Good Morning all and we gently replied the August visitors, am here to do my job as directed by my Boss who appointed me. He has given me a marching oder that no community in Kogi state or citizens deserves to suffer for Water, on this note am here to sink over five Boreholes for you all in this community and I shall inspect this job myself.
What an astonished moment, I was speechless but the heart was full of joy. I look at the clouds and said, God bless Yahaya Bello and Abdulmumin Danga as my generation shall remember them for good and posterity shall judge them for good.
On this note, the geologist imidiately took the bool by horn, they heat up with their survey in five different flash point and work is about to commence. My community will soon witness a giant strides were the old and the young will stop trecking for minutes to access water from the stream.
Thank you Your Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello and Hon Abdulmumin Danga for reaching out to my community here in kogi East
Earlier there was the good news that heat up the polity about BILIVISCO company which is about to change the tune of Kogi central through Osara dam, what a project by His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello and Hon Abdulmumin Danga… Your ministry is working Sir.
You deserve an accolades, the youths and indeed kogi east are proud of you.
Barr. Tanko Familiarization Meeting With Gbagy’s Community In Kogi LG
By Yahaya Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa on Friday morning received a delegation from Gbagy community in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area.
The meeting held at his Lokoja resident, and the delegation has in attendance elders, youths, women and community chiefs who have comes in Solidarity to Familiarize, support and pray for him in order to succeed in his new office and his interest to contest the forthcoming council election to continued selflessly serve his people.
Mr. Moses Bawa from Tawari community is the leader of the delegation, supported by Mr. John J. P Gazhaki, in his address, described Barr. Tanko as a man of his word, honour who command respect from all the tribal extractions in Kogi LG.
He said they were in his resident to formally inform him of their plight in Kogi LG which needed to be address urgently for ease of administrative representation, dexterity of purpose, unity and Development of the council.
The group Appreciated the efforts of Barr. Tanko for wholeheartedly accommodating all irrespective of tribes, parties during his days in office as the Administrator of Kogi LG and their resolve to overwhelmingly support him stand a better chance ahead of others having been trusted, tested tried and proven.
According to him, only what is needed is to ensure the Gbagy’s are given opportunity to serve as it was done to others tribes in the area.
Pleaded with him to use his good office to consider the Gbagy’s chiefs for staff of office in their various community which if succeeded will guarantee more unity, peace and spirit of togetherness. He said.
In his response, Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa, expressed joy at the caliber of persons who have joined the delegation to visited him today, saying that he is very confident and convinced beyond doubt that the good thing is about to happened in their land. He call on all and sundry to be United and build on the love which is currently prevalent within the Gbagy’s race, assuring them that the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello is already in the picture of Kogi LG politics.
Tanko who is also the Immediate past Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area described Gbagy’s extraction as a peaceful people who coexist peacefully with others tribes in the council and always talk about development wherever they found themselves.
Those present during the meeting are, the leader of the delegation Mr. Moses Bawa Tawari, Mr. John JP Gazhaki, Gbagy Youth Council President, Mr. Zaki Godwin Shana, youths representatives from Gbagy communitues were all presents.
Others includes:, Chikara Community head, Idu Community head, Robomi community head, Ahoko Gbagy community head, Adayi common head, Tawari community head, Shama community head, Orehi community head and Robomi North community head and among others.
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