The people of Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, have commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for upgrading four traditional stools in the Community.
The National President of Ogidi Development Association (ODA), Barr. Chief Femi Amos Oloruntoba, and the graded Traditional Rulers expressed their appreciation during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday at Saint John Anglican Primary School in Ogidi – Ijumu.
It would be recalled that Gov. Bello had on September 27, 2023, at the state’s Executive Council Meeting approved the grading and upgrading of 300 traditional stools across the state.
The Ologidi Stool was upgraded from second-class to first-class title, while that of Oluotun, Olokoro and Olojo stools in Ogidi communities were graded from classless to third-Class Obas in Ijumu Traditional Council.
The ODA National President appreciated the governor for the gesture in honouring the people of Ogidi with the traditional titles.
“Our joy knows no bound concerning the recent upgrading of the Ologidi stool to a first class Oba in Kogi State and the grading of Oluotun, Olokoro and Olojo as third class Obas in Ijumu Traditional Council.
“This is the Lord’s doing and our hearts rejoice in it. We are glad that all the recently graded third class Obas are here with us today and we shall listen to them later.
“What the Lord has done shall be permanent and to all the Kabiyesis we pray you shall reign long in Jesus name. We are grateful to all the hands that God used.
“We sincerely appreciate the Governor of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello as well as the Governor elect Ahmed Usman Ododo for the honour done us in the community. May the Almighty Allah continue to guide your steps,” Oloruntoba said.
Oloruntoba who doubles as the ‘Alada of Ogidi’, noted that the ODA’s vision was to make living in Ogidi conducive for all, where every indigene could have a feeling of equality of status and opportunity without any bias.
“The Association also strives to put in proper perspective the historical heritage of Ogidi devoid of coloration.
“ODA has been in the front line in the development of Ogidi community and we shall continue to do our best through self-commitment, liaising and appeals to persons and governments to address developmental issues in the community,” he said
Oloruntoba urged members of the association to show more financial commitment to the development of Ogidi in addressing the various needs of the community for the benefit of the people.
In their separate remarks, the Oluotun of Otun, HRH Oba Joseph Alaba Alamoh; Olokoro of Ohi, HRH Oba Samuel Ajayi Sule; and Olojo of Onogogongo, HRH Oba Ajayi Musa Folorunsho, all appreciated the governor for the gesture describing it as the first of its kind in Ogidi-Ijumu.
The royal fathers assured the Governor of the continuous support and cooperation of Ogidi people towards the security and development of the area and the state at large.
“The Kogi State Government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello is doing well and we pray that God will continue to uplift them to do more for the people,” Olojo said.
“I thanked the governor for upgrading me to third class Oba, may God bless him. We pray that more progressive things will continue to come to us in Ogidi,” Oluotun stated.