ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT, IGALA CULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION , ALHAJI ABUBAKAR SADIQ AMODU ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF IGALA UNITY HOUSE IN ANYIGBA ON 5TH JULY, 2019
It is with utmost gratitude to the Almighty God and a deep sense of fulfillment that I stand before this august assembly to present my address to mark the inauguration of the ultramodern Igala unity house complex.
With all deference to the power and will of the Almighty God, I wish to announce today that the Igala unity house in its modernized expanded form is now a reality.
With this house in place at the intersection of Igala kingdom’s interaction grid, there is now a base for centralized interchange of functions and discussions on the issues affecting our race and Igala land.
I make bold to say that our late revered leader of the kingdom, Gabaidu Obaje Ocheje who in 1929, originated the policy of designating an equidistant location for the establishment of a unity Forum House, should by now be hosting a festive gathering in the netherworld to celebrate the crystallization of his ideas into a glorious reality.
I want to believe that their point of celebration may not be far from where we are right now to give backing to the cause of the land we have gathered here for today.
Your Excellency, your Royal Eminence, our Royal majesties, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and gentlemen, the story of Igala unity house is told in reconstruction with a good ending which says a lot about the goodwill that the Igala people enjoy across Nigeria.
Let me this point. On behalf of the Executive committee of Igala cultural and development Association (ICDA), express profound gratitude to the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for the exceptional interest he showed in the Igala unity house project which culminated in the deployment of enormous financial resources to fund the construction.
I say it without equivocation that the story we now have to tell about an ultramodern Igala house could have gone awry without his Excellency’s commitment and unusual benevolence. Your Excellency, the spirits of our departed fathers of Igala land greet you.
I also wish to thank the chief of staff to the Governor of Kogi state, Chief Edward Onoja for the pivotal roles he played to ensure the completion of the project on schedule. We acknowledge his pestering calls to those who pledged donations to the project and appreciate his insistent spirit which gave definition to the entire complexion of the project.
Our thanks will continue to go to all sons and daughters of Kogi state whose generous monetary contributions to the building of Igala house assisted tremendously in making it a reality. I will hesitate to mention names here since the list is endless and each of the contributors gave from the basic principle of commitment to the development of Igala land. God will reward your sacrifice for the land.
Our most profound gratitude goes to His Eminence, Gabaidu Dr. Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni ii, Atah Igala and president Kogi state
Council of chiefs, for the royal support he extended to the project. He committed his time and financial resources to the project and never ceased supplicating for its completion. Gabaidu, your subjects have spoken well about the good nurture the land’s royal fatherhood has imparted into them. May they never deviate from the path of patriotism in their struggle to make a case for their existence. Ga-a-a-b-a-a-i-d-u! Oji we ki gbo kakalaaa!
Before I conclude this address, I wish to thank the previous Executive committees of ICDA for sustaining the association and upholding its objectives. We appreciate your efforts at rallying the land to development and unity consensus which have helped to instill stability in the land.
The current leadership of ICDA worked from this foundation to institute reforms that focus in speed and opening up the space for the integration of our people’s ventures into modern practice standard.
We have recorded some measure of success in this dimension and will continue to put in more efforts to ensure that our goals for the development of Igala land are achieved.
The Igala unity house will act as a catalyst to the measure we have put in place to foster unity among our people. We shall design a template to give direction to how the House will be utilized for the benefits of Igala people.
Finally, may I presume on the generous heart of His Excellency to put modesty to task and an accessible leader, but we won’t take you for granted your Excellency.
We understand that through your efforts the federal Government has decided to establish two cashew processing factories in Kogi State. And by reason of your commitment to the cause of even and rational development of Kogi state, you have also caused the two factories to be cited in Kogi East Senatorial District.
I crave the indulgence of the house to request that we all rise and give His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello applause of appreciation.
This is our request: Igala land is currently facing serious security challenges. Kidnaping is developing a life of its own in our rural settlements; Fulani herdsmen have been on the prowl destroying farm crops and killing innocent farmers and raping woman on farm routes, threat of attacks/ invasion by Fulani herdsmen militia, thuggery and many other vices that combine with the aforementioned to make life difficult to live in Igala land today
I have led my council to visit the state commissioner of police in these issues previously to underscore the gravity of our concern. It is on record that your administration has unique template for crime fighting and checkmating security challenges. I wish to appeal to your Excellency to use your good office to intervene in the security challenges in Igala land in an exceptional and speedy way to guarantee the safety of life and properties
I congratulate Igala people and the land on this memorable occasion of the inauguration of Igala unity house and thank the members of the inauguration committee for their commitment to the success of the programme.
Thank you all and may God bless.
I RAMATUABUBAKAR SEDIQ on behalf of my husband and entire family wishes to congratulate Igala land on the occasion of the inauguration of Igala Unity House. My heart rejoices extremely for the transformation of the Unity House into a modern architectural splendor. I saw it all from the time I started offering sanitation services in the premise of the old house to when the construction of its current form began. Igala indeed, has come of age! May the spirit of our ancestors bless Igala sons and daughters for doing our land this unique honour.
I have the singular honour and privilege to acknowledge the good will of Igala, Kogi and Nigerian public expressed in their demonstrable and patriotic contributions to the building of the ultramodern Igala Unity House and its successful inauguration.
HON. EDWARD ONOJA
Igala Unity House is a prism refracting the lights of unity, togetherness, peace, social cohesion, and progress not just of Igala people, but the entire people of Kogi State. I therefore thank with immeasurable appreciation all those who made this unity project a success.
The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, tells this story better. We appreciate Your Excellency. Igala land sends its greeting.
My sincere thanks go to ICDA executives for exhibiting modest transparency in the manner they handled the execution of the Unity House project. By this they have demonstrated that they are productive Igala leaders with vision and resourcefulness. I am indeed proud of you all.
Our revered Royal Eminence, Dr. Michael Idakwo Ameoboni II deserve our utmost appreciation for providing the spiritual guidance and fatherly support for the project.
I thank you all for making yourself available to witness the inauguration of Igala Unity House in Anyigba. May God less and lead you back to your various destinations.