The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has declared his administration’s intention to collaborate with the Ogidi community, in Ijumu Local government area of the state to use the annual Ogidi cultural festival to boost the economy of the state and as well empower it’s citizens.
The Governor who was the special guest of honour at the 2021 Ogidi day and cultural festival, said his administration is working herd to use culture and tourism to drive the economy and boost the revenue earnings of the state.
The governor who was represented by the commissioner of Finance and Economic planning, Asiwaju Asiru Idris, noted that his administration has already put in place measures towards finding alternative sources of revenue, asides the ever dwindling oil revenue from the federation account.
Governor Bello said his administration has been able to invest in the securing the lives and property of citizens, assuring would be investors of safety of their investiments in the state.
The Governor assured the people that his administration is committed to the provision of critical infrastructure like good road network and electricity to woo investors to the area.
He commended the people of Ogidi for their foresight, stressing that his administration would work with the community to make feature celebrations a huge success, saying that Ogidi would become a tourist destination in the nearest future.
Speaking earlier, the Ologidi of Ogidi, His Royal Highness, Oba Rabiu Oladimeji Sule, noted that the community has continued to receive investors through the yearly Ogidi day cultural fiesta.
He stressed that industry, self-help, hard work, faith, courage and dedication are traits that are cultivated by the indigenes of the ancient town, which he said has contributed greatly to the development of the state.
According to him, the vegetation of mixture of forest and Savannah makes the cultivation of crops like coffee, Cocoa cassava, cashew, yam, maize, sweet potato, groundnut and kolanut possible.
Highlights of the epoch making event was the commissioning of a motorized borehole sponsored and donated to the Community by Hon. Asiwaju Idris Asiru and conferment of honourary Chieftaincy titles to deserving personalities