By Bode Olagoke
The Ebira Peoples Association (EPA), the umbrella body of all Anebira at home and in the Diaspora, has constituted and inaugurated its National Executive Council with Dr Musa AbduRahman Adeiza and Dr. Adinoyi Onukaba–Ojo emerged President and Secretary- General, respectively.
The new EPA’s leadership has the imprimatur of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alh Ado brahim, who co-signed their appointment letters at the presence and endorsement of all the first-class rulers (Ohis) in their four local governments.
Speaking at the occasion, the new President-General called for unity, peace and harmonious co-existence among Ebira people and between them and other citizens in the country. These, he said are basic requirements needed by any human society to make meaningful progress and engender positive development.
Adeiza called on the people of the state to support the government of the day by offering useful suggestions on policies and programmes that would have positive impact on the lives of the people.
He also called for prayers for the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello and his team and for the wisdom and guidance to succeed in office, even as he appealed to the government to come clean on the issue of salaries of workers by bringing a closure to the screening exercise, identify ghost workers and pay those who have been screened and cleared to address the pervasive poverty in the state.
EPA also called on the government to address the security challenges in the state, especially in Ebira land where people are now afraid to go about their lawful businesses for fear of being abducted or killed.
Speaking at the event the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, represented by his Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Arc Abdulmumini Okara, urged the people of the state to exercise patience with his government and give it a chance to transform the state
Other executive members include: Musa Aliyu as Deputy President-General; AbdulKarim Adavi Bello as Vice-President, North-Central zone; Isa Aliyu as Vice-President, North-West; Mohammed Saliu Omadivi as Vice-President, South-South; Prof. M.E.Ibrahim, Vice-President, North-East; Abubakar Abdulsalam, Deputy-Secretary General; Sadiq Adaviriku Ibrahim, Asst. Secretary-General and Isa Abdullahi, Treasurer.