The individuals of Kogi West Senatorial District notably these of the Okun division have known as for higher participation in operating the affairs of the state.
This was made recognized in a press release issued on Thursday by the President, Okun Development Association, Femi Mokikan, in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Kogi authorities.
According to him, the Okun individuals of Kogi state are much less represented in politics and stay the one space missing a college.
Mokikan mentioned the institution of an initiative, “EBIGO AGENDA” which mean Ebira, Igala and Okun Agenda, would promote unity and oneness of the government and people of Kogi State
He, however, called on the governor to ensure equity, fairness and justice by zoning the governorship ticket to Okun land and the Kogi West Senatorial District.
The statement reads, “Okun people are the Yoruba speaking part of Kogi State in North Central Nigeria. We were included during the Creation of Kogi in 1991 from Kwara State alongside Ebira people while the Igalas came from Benue State.
“Although history has made it empirically clear that Okun people migrated from Ile Ife, we met ourselves in Kogi in North Central Nigeria which made us to be called northerners.
“More than 30 years now, the Okun people are the most marginalised major ethnic group in Kogi State in the area of employment, appointment, project execution until recently when there was a paradigm shift in the present administration.
”On assumption of office, the Governor introduced a policy known as “EBIGO AGENDA” meaning Ebira, Igala and Okun Agenda. This primary purpose of introducing EBIGO was to promote unity and oneness of the Government and people of Kogi State with the sole aim of portraying the interest of Kogi first above individual or selfish interest.
“Without an iota of doubt, the EBIGO agenda is commendable and one of the best move of the New Direction Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as it has confirmed that Kogi State belongs to all, Igalas, Ebiras and Okuns as against the claims of some quarters in the past.
“As Kogi State Celebrates its 30 years of creation, it important to state that Okun is lacking behind as it is the only area in the State without a University as the East has the Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba while the Central has the New Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara.
“This is why we’re appealing to the state government to as a matter of fact establish a university in Okun land to justify the equity, fairness and justice that form the mantra of the present administration.
“We also appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law the bill establishing the Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba as done for some states in Nigeria recently.
”At this juncture, we implore our people in Kabba-Bunu, Ijumu, Mopa/Amuro, Yagba East and West Local Government Areas as well as Oworo land to come out en masse and participate in the Voters registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“If we need to proceed to keep up the present political participation, it will not communicate properly for us and our youngsters in future. We name on our individuals in Diaspora to encourage their youngsters of 18 years and above to register for his or her PVCs at their respective LGAs. This is as a result of we have to improve our voting power.
“On the 2023 Governorship election, for the purpose of equity, fairness and justice the time has come for Okun land and Kogi West to present the next Governor of Kogi State. As a matter of fact, The Igalas have produced three different Governors namely, Late Prince Abubakar Audu, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Captain Idris Ichala Wada while Ebiras are presently occupying the Lugard House for the second term.”