By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The President of Igala Cultural and Development Association(ICDA), Alhaji Abubakar Sodiq has appealed to the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to use his good office to intervene in spate of insecurity foisted on the host communities by the Fulani herdsmen in the zone.
He raised the alarm over the negative activities of herdsmen in the Eastern Senatorial District of Kogi state, ranging from destruction of farm crops, rapping, kidnapping and robbery of innocent citizens.
The ICDA president who cried out for the terror unleashed by the herdsmen during the inauguration of the over N100million Ultra-modern Igala Unity House at Anyigba by the state governor, at the weekend appealed to the state government for urgent intervention to curb the development.
He said the building of the Unity House is aimed at fostering the needed peace and unity for the overall development of Igala land.
According him “The House will serve as an interaction venue on issues affecting the entire zone as well as hosting festivities and other cultural activities”.
Amodu disclosed that the successful completion of the project was made possible through donations from well-meaning illustrious sons and daughters of the Igala Kingdom with a whopping support of N50million from the state governor, Alhaji Bello.
Governor Bello while performing the inauguration ceremony appealed that the House should serve as a rallying point for all the Igala people, stressing that the effort in constructing the new edifice is a begging of more goodies to come to the zone under his administration.
Bello who described the Unity House as a symbol of peace and love in Igala land commended all those that contributed to the completion of the project.
The governor said that he would ever remain proud of the Igala Nation and thanked the people for their steadfast support to the success of his administration considering their strength as the largest and more populated section of the state.
He promised to complete all the ongoing projects in the zone, namely construction of Idah-Ajaka-Umomi-Ugwalawo-Anyigba-Road, Okpo-Ibana-Ogugu-Road as well as rural electrification, drilling of boreholes for supply of potable water and control of erosion across communities in the district.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Edward Onoja appreciated the financial support of the entire Bello’s cabinet as well as the State Assembly Members towards the completion of the project describing the gesture as a demonstration of love for the Igala People.
The Attah Igala, Dr. Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni (11), in his speech, stressed the need for all his subjects both at home and in the diaspora to join hands in the preservation of the Igala rich cultural heritage.
His Royal Majesty also called for the prevailing peace in the land by all and sundry affirming that no development can take place in any given society worldwide under the atmosphere of rancor and acrimony among citizens.