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Fanfare As Kogi Elects New Ejeh Olamaboro

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The recent appointment of 47 years old Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh Olamaboro, in Kogi state has thrown the entire community into festivity. ACHOR ABIMAJE reports.

The people of Emenega c o m m u n i t y , Ogudu district in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state are in a frenzy following the appointment of Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh Olamaboro by the state government. The announcement of Ujah as the new Ejeh Olamaboro by the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, instantly ignited celebration in the community. Olamaboro local government in Kogi state shares borders with Enugu and Benue states and has its headquarters in Okpo. The appointment of the new Ejeh if Olamaboro was seen by many as a bold step by the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, to strengthen the traditional institution in the state. Indeed, the people rolled out drums to celebrate the decision of the governor to approve the selection of Chief Simon Ujah by the kingmakers as the next traditional ruler of Olamaboro community. Presenting the letter of appointment to the chiefs at the conference hall of the Bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs headquarters, Lokoja, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr Dan Victor said the appointments were made after due consultations and in accordance with the chieftaincy law of Kogi State no 23 of 2006.

Dan noted that the state government had exhausted all the necessary traditional consultations before embarking on the appointments, stressing that the new traditional rulers should maintain peace in their domain to add value to campaign for peace which Governor Bello stands for. Reacting to the development,Hon. Akoh Jacobs, Senior Special Assistant on Commerce and Investment described the action of the governor as a welcome development. He described the governor as one who has great respect and regards for traditional institutions, as a custodian of the culture of the people. According to him, the governor maintained a neutral stance throughout the selection process that ensured the ascension of the right person to the throne. He added that the governor’s conduct is worthy of emulation by all and sundry, stressing that, “it shows his quest for fairness, equity and justice as a true leader in the state.” Hon. Akoh also commended Chief Edward Onojah, the Chief of Staff to the governor, for his efforts and leadership qualities that ensured the right path was followed in the selection process without fear or favour, noting that “this has rekindles the people’s trust and hope in him as a true leader.”

In the same vein, the national secretariat of Emenega Community Development Association (ECDA) in Ogugu district of Olamaboro local government council, commended Governor Bello for approving the selection of one of their son, Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh of Olamaboro. The union in a statement issued in Jos, Plateau state and signed by Chief Michael Abah, national president and Achor Abimaje, secretary, described the selection and approval of Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh of Olamaboro as putting a round peg in a round hole. According to the statement the presentation of appointment letter to the new Ejeh of Olamaboro by the captain of new direction team, the governor has demonstrated his commitment to the yearning and aspirations of the people at the grassroots. It added: “History has been made in our time that a younger generation ascend an exalted traditional throne of a first class status. With this development , power is gradually shifting to the younger generation both politically, and traditionally in Kogi state.” ECDA lauded the effort of Governor Bello by bringing young men and women on board the new direction’s ship with the view to mentoring them to become responsible leaders of tomorrow in the state. It also commended the effort of Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Edward Onoja, and other traditional rulers who made the appointment possible while assuring the state governor and his team of an undiluted commitment of the community to supporting the government in its effort to take Kogi state to the next level.

Other Chiefs whose appointments had been confirmed are Chief Solomom Dele Owoniyi, Obaro of Kabba, Chief James Abalaka, Ejeh of Ofu and Alhaji Mohammed Bello, Ohi of Adavi while Maiyaki of Kupa was upgraded from second class to 1st class status. Speaking to our correspondent shortly after receiving his letter of appointment, the newly appointed Ejeh of Olamaboro, Chief Simon Ujah thanked the state government for founding him worthy of the appointment. He pledged his continued loyalty to the state government and promised to ensure that peace reign in his domain and in the entire state. Chief Simon Ujah was born in 1971 at Emenega Atte in Ogugu district of Olamanoro local government council of the state. He attended National Open University where he obtain LLB B.A (KIV), University of Jos , Diploma in Law and Pan African University where he obtained certificate in Logic and Strategic Studies. Until his appointment as the Ejeh of Olamaboro, he was from the organised private sector and the managing director / CEO of Testimony Maritime Service Limited (Custom Licensed Broker) Lagos . Emenega Community Development Association (ECDA) in Ogugu district of Olamaboro local government council, commended Governor Bello for approving the selection of one of their son, Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh of Olamaboro. The union in a statement issued in Jos, Plateau state and signed by Chief Michael Abah, national president and Achor Abimaje, secretary, described the selection and approval of Chief Simon Ujah as the new Ejeh of Olamaboro as putting a round peg in a round hole. According to the statement the presentation of appointment letter to the new Ejeh of Olamaboro by the captain of new direction team, the governor has demonstrated his The





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