Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 

Governor Yahaya Bello Presents Staff of Office to New Ohimegye Igu of Koton-Karfe

In a colourful ceremony held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State presented the Staff of Office to the new Ohimegye Igu of Koton-Karfe, His Royal Majesty Alhaji Akawu Salihu. This symbolic presentation took place at the palace of the Ohimegye Igu in Koton-Karfe, Kogi State, and was attended by thousands from the historic town and from far.

The appointment of the new Ohimegye Igu followed the recent removal from office of his predecessor, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isa Koto by the Kogi State Government. The people of Koton-Karfe greeted their new monarch with jubilation. The town, known for its rich history dating back centuries, is revered as the cradle of Egbira civilization and contributes significantly to the cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria and Nigeria in general.

Addressing the challenges facing Koton-Karfe, the newly appointed Ohimegye Igu pledged to collaborate with Governor Bello and the community to overcome obstacles such as the decline in traditional iron smelting and the need for development. Emphasizing peace and unity, the new king expressed a commitment to attract investment and foster growth in the historic town.

Governor Bello, in his remarks at the event, commended the wisdom and leadership of the new Ohimegye Igu. He expressed confidence in the monarch’s ability to lead Koton-Karfe towards a brighter future. The governor reiterated his dedication to supporting traditional institutions in the state and promised that the Government will work closely with the new king to ensure the development of Koton-Karfe and her principalities.

The presentation of the Staff of Office to a new Ohimegye Igu is a tradition deeply rooted in symbolism, and marks the formal installation of the new king by the Governor of Kogi State, an act he is empowered to do by the Constitution of Nigeria and the laws of Kogi State. Today’s event marks a new chapter in the history of Koton-Karfe, and raises hope for a future characterized by peace, prosperity, and development.


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