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Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, the Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja was among the prominent, distinguished, successful and accomplished indigenes of Igala Kingdom and Kogi State, conferred with chieftaincy titles on Thursday 17th November, 2022 by His Royal Majesty (HRM), Dr. Matthew Alaji Opaluwa Oguche Akpa, Ata Igala, Chairman, Kogi State Traditional Council, and Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, at a colourful ceremony held inside the Palace Civic Centre in Idah, Idah LGA of Kogi State.

The colorful event attended by people from all works of life, was part of the programs to mark the first anniversary of Ata Igala on the throne.

The installation of the new chiefs was in recognition of their contributions to the Igala Kingdom, Kogi State and the nation in their respective professions and fields of endeavour.

The revered Monarch who used the occasion to commend His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for the peace the state, especially the Igala Kingdom is experiencing under his administration, charged every sons and daughters of the kingdom to always preach peace and spread love among themselves and across other divide, as both are the needed vessels for building a virile state and country.

The Ata Igala also encouraged Dr. Usman and other chieftaincy recipients to do their best to ensure that they do not betray the trust he reposed in them as worthy sons and daughters of Igala Kingdom and Kogi State, just as he prayed God to bless their efforts accordingly.

The new Oma Oja Ata Igala, Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, left for his home town, Angwa Ogebe in Ankpa Local Government of the state, to present his new title to them and was received by a joyous and mammoth crowd.

The elders at Angwa Ogebe who spoke in turns congratulated Dr. Usman on another lifetime achievement which they described as a manifestation of his immense contributions to the socio-economic development of Angwa Ogebe, Ankpa, Igala Kingdom and Kogi State.

The elders who expressed happiness on Dr. Usman’s new attainment, said it was the beginning of more good tidings for him.

They thanked the Ata Igala and the good people of Igala Kingdom for honouring the Rector, adding that the gesture would encourage and motivate the youths in the area to aim high and strive for excellence in their respective fields of endeavour.

An elated Chief Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman expressed his deepest appreciation to Ata Igala for the rare honour which has come with a charge and motivation for him to do more in his drive to see a better Igala Kingdom, Kogi State and Nigeria. Dr. Ogbo specially thanked His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for finding him worthy of his present appointment.

Chief Dr. Usman who promised to live up to his ‘Oma Oja’ title which means ‘Son of All’ also encouraged the youths and students to remain dedicated, committed and always be on the side of the law and consider their roots in taking any decision in life.

Other recipients of different categories of chieftaincy titles were Wife of Kogi State Governor, Hajia Rashida Bello as Ochoniya Ata Igala; former Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Ichala Wada, as Ubuja Ata Igala; Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Pharmacist Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku as Ogochi Ata Igala; Senator Dr. Alex Usman Kadiri as Ochalla Ata Igala; Chairman of Ijumu Local Government, Honourable Taofiq Issa as Ilawo Ata Igala; Engr. Sule Abutu Haruna as Omachi Ata Igala; Dr. Kashim Akor as Ochalla Ata Igala, Hajia Salamatu Baiwa Umar Eluma as Atama-Ebule Ata, among others.

Uredo Omale
Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit.
Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.

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