Ekinrin Adde Day: My Priority is to Put Smiles on Faces of Kogites – Gov. Ododo

Joel Salifu Ekinrin Adde
Deputy Governor Joel Salifu (R) and James Faleke at 2024 Ekinrin Adde Day

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has reassured the people of Kogi State of his administration’s commitment to catering to the welfare and overall well-being of the citizens.

The Governor stated this at the 2024 Ekinrin Adde Day celebrations on Saturday, where he was represented by his Deputy, Elder Joel Salifu.

Governor Ododo said his major priority in government is to put smiles on the faces of citizens of the state,urging the people of the state to reject sectional politics and embrace a one Kogi agenda.

He expressed gratitude to the people of Ijumu local government, particularly Ekinrin Adde community, for their massive support for him during the November 2023 governorship election in the state.

The Governor admonished Ekinrin Adde sons and daughters of Ekinrin Adde community to build on the unity exhibited during the polls by replicating same in developing the area.

He explained that Ekinrin Adde Day is not only to showcase the cultural heritage and values of the people but to bring citizens at home and diaspora together for a common purpose and development of the community.

Ododo said his administration decided to make payment of salaries a priority because of the importance of civil servants in the state.

He described Hon James Faleke, an indigene of Ekinrin Adde, as his advisor and mentor, noting that his contribution to the progress of the state is exemplary.

He applauded Faleke for his consistent support of his people, describing him as a true leader.

The Governor commended traditional rulers, youth, and women for hosting the festival that showcased their rich cultural heritage and values.

Speaking with newsmen at the event, Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Prof Salisu Ogbo Usman, called for preservation and promotion of cultural heritage for overall development of the community.

Prof. Ogbo expressed his deep love and appreciation for the Ekinrin Adde community.

“I am truly honored to be here today to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Ekinrin Adde community. Culture plays a vital role in shaping our identity and fostering a sense of belonging, and it is vital that we work together to preserve and promote our traditions for future generations,” he said.

The Rector also assured the community of his unwavering support and commitment to working hand in hand with them to identify areas of development and growth.

“I stand ready to support the Ekinrin Adde community in any way that I can. Let us work together to build a brighter future for our community and our state,” Prof. Ogbo added.

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