The Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State, Hon Edward Onoja has been described as a visionary son of Igala Land who has the passion for the development of the area in all ramifications.
The main brain behind this year’s Igala Cultural Festival, Mr. Hillary Amodu made the commendation while delivery an address at the event held today at the Kogi State University Stadium in Anyigba.
He said at a point they almost gave up hope of the event holding but that the intervention of Hon Onoja gave a boost to them, hence the success they ended up receiving with the event.
Mr. Amodu stressed the need for unity among the people of Igalaland. Saying it was only through unity and commitment to the development of the area that seeming lost glory of the land can return.
The event organizer, who disabused the minds of those in attendance about its essence, stressed that it was time for people of Igala origin to put their acts together and cooperate with one another for the progress and development of their land.
While lauding the administration of Yahaya Bello for the level of support given to the promotion of the state’s cultural heritage, he called on other well-meaning individuals in the state to give the maximum support to its promoters.
He challenged people of Igala heritage to be proud of their culture wherever they find themselves, adding that it was through that that they can bequeath better future for the next generation.
In her reaction, Hajiya Indira Emeje who is part of the event’s organizing and planning committee expressed satisfaction about the event and said it has brought a lot of economic benefits to Igalaland.
She thanked those who contributed to its success and urged the people to take pride in their origin as it is through that that they can export their culture to the outside world.
Speaking on the occasion, Kogi State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon Muhammed Awal, who praised organizers of the event, informed that it is the desire of the present administration to develop the indigenous cultures of Kogi people to international standard. The event was attended by Igala sons and daughters from all walks of life.