Kogi at 30: Okun people congratulate Bello for uniting ethnic groups in state and demand
As Kogi State celebrates 30 years of existence, the people of Okun in Kogi State, under the aegis of the Okun Development Association (ODA), congratulated the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, for uniting all the ethnic groups in the state.
The group also congratulated the governor on the state’s 30th anniversary, praying that God would grant him wisdom and good health to lead the state to its zenith.
The group noted, however, that as the state celebrated its 30th anniversary, it was important to state that Okun still lacked major infrastructure development, calling on the state government to do what is necessary.
The ODA in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday by its general chairman, Femi Mokikan, noted that before Bello took office as state governor, the Okun people were the main ethnic group. most marginalized state in the region of employment, appointment, project execution among others.
“But when he took office, the governor introduced a policy known as the ‘Ebigo agenda’, i.e. the Ebira, Igala and Okun agenda, which is mainly aimed at promoting the unity and unity of the government and people of Kogi State for the sole purpose of portraying the interest of the state first above individual or selfish interest.
“Without a doubt, the Ebigo agenda is laudable and one of the best movements of the New Direction government of Bello as it has confirmed that the state of Kogi belongs to all Igalas, Ebiras and Okuns, contrary to the claims of some neighborhoods . in the past.
“It is also worth noting the institutionalization of this agenda in the area of appointments (both in the civil service and in politics), the allocation and execution of projects. That is why the people of Okun will continue to be grateful to the state governor for the establishment of one of the largest rice mills in Ejiba, in the Yagba West local government area.
Mokikan also praised the governor for his work in the health sector, adding: “We are pleased with the ongoing construction work at Isanlu General Hospital in Yagba East LGA, while the rehabilitation of the road in Kabba township is definitely a step in the right direction. .
“However, as the state celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is important to point out that Okun lags behind as it is the only region of the state without a university because the east has Prince Abubakar Audu University. , Anyigba while the Center has the New Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara.
“This is why we call on the state government to in fact establish a university in Okun Land to justify the fairness, impartiality and justice which form the mantras of the current administration.”
The group also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently enact the bill establishing the Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, as has been done recently for some states in Nigeria.
He added: “We implore our people in the LGAs of Kabba-Bunu, Ijumu, Mopa / Amuro, Yagba East and West as well as in Oworo territory to come en masse and participate in voter registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We call on our members of the diaspora to motivate their children aged 18 and over to enroll in their SSC in their respective LGAs. This is because we need to increase our voting power.
In the 2023 governor election, the people of Okun said that for the sake of fairness, impartiality and justice, it is high time that Okun Land and Kogi West present the next governor. of State.
“In fact, the Igalas have produced three different governors namely: the late Prince Abubakar Audu, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Captain Idris Ichala Wada, while Ebiras currently occupies House Lugard for the second term.
“So for this administration’s Ebigo agenda to be institutionalized even for posterity, the next gubernatorial candidate would have to be assigned to Kogi West. In doing so, Governor Bello will leave a legacy of unity which guided the introduction of the Ebira, Igala and Okun agenda, ”the group said.