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IDAH CLUB 6575 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE REMODELING OF IDAH CLUB AND OTHER PROJECTS

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Idah Club 6575, a social, non-partisan, and elitist club with a membership of intellectual like minds, is making arrangements to rebuild and remodel IDAH CLUB, a Multi-racial, Multinational, and cosmopolitan clubhouse situated in the ancient city of Idah, headquarters of the defunct Igala Native Authority, the current headquarters of Idah LGA, the traditional and ancestral home of the Igala people and the melting point of Igala civilization.

The chairman of the fundraising committee, Hon. Paul Ogwu Ukwenya, gave this indication in a chat with our correspondent recently. He enumerated other projects that the club is raising funds to implement such as the Establishment of Community Radio station, ICT/Vocational/Entrepreneurial center (including e-library) annual Educational Scholarship program, Annual Free Health care Intervention scheme, Sports Intervention, Promoting Cultural Heritage and Agricultural Intervention.

Hon Ukwenya said that the club has been very committed to fostering peace, development, and wellbeing of the Igala people, specifically the Idah federal constituency through its various intervention projects since inception, and is this time around taking those developmental efforts to the next level by opening its doors to corporate organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, high net-worth/ public-spirited individuals and philanthropists to join the club in its different development projects aimed at improving the lot and wellbeing of the people and ultimately engender development.

With planning in top gear, the all-important Fundraising Dinner is expected to hold on the 6th of December 2021 at the Banquet Hall of Chida International Hotel, Jabi Abuja at 4pm.

Hon. Paul Ogwu Ukwenya, Chairman Fund Raising Commitee

The Club is aiming to raise the sum of 500 million Naira (N500,000,000.00) to be spread among the various projects being envisioned.  

According to Hon Ukwenya, “The various Projects put together are meant for those who have the heart to pull resources together for common wellbeing”.

One of the projects is the remodeling of Idah Club to a modern befitting state-of-the-art, Avantgarde edifice meant to replicate the likes of Ikoyi club and others.  “Idah Club is a legacy bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers and we will not let their dream die but rather, we are taking it to the next level from where they stopped”. The new complex, according to him, will include a Club House, a 30 Room Lodging facility, a swimming pool, a Banquet Hall, a Sports center which includes a Gym/ Fitness Center, an Indoor sports Hall (Table Tennis, Snooker, Chess, Draught etc) a Lawn tennis court, Handball, Basketball/Volleyball court, Squash court etc.

The Present State of Idah Club

He said the project when completed will not only restore the Cosmopolitan glory of the city of Idah, but also engender Igala tourism development and give Igala land a global outlook, showcasing the Igala people as a super race.

Present State of Idah Club

He decried the non-availability of a standard lodging facility in the ancient city of Idah, a cultural and tourism nerve center and home of the Igala people, and emphasized the misnomer as one of the gaps to be filed by the project.   He, therefore, called on all well-meaning persons of Igala extraction both at home and in the Diaspora, the friends, and well-wishers of the club, the political class, the elite and business community, Cultural and Socio-political Organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, donor agencies to rise up and join others in pooling resources together to make this project a reality.

Proposed Idah Club House

Idah club 6575 was established on the 31st October 2018 by Chief Samuel Ogali, the founding and current president by the creation of a Whatsapp platform with the initial name as IDAH BOYS 65-75 REUNION.   Names of people of like minds were added to the platform and the Maiden Reunion was held on the 26th December 2018 at Igalamela/odolu Guest Inn.

During deliberation at the reunion, an opinion was raised to change the name and it was unanimously agreed that the association be known, called, and addressed as Idah Club 6575.

Proposed Idah Club

The club has its motto as “Udama, Uredo Kpai Unyogba”. It is a social, non-partisan club with membership drawn from those born in the Local Government areas of the Idah Federal Constituency, namely Idah, Ofu, Igalamela/Odolu, and Ibaji, between 1965-1975. A world-class club with 109 (one hundred and nine) members spread across major cities in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

The Club parades a retinue of High net-worth personalities of famed Corporate and Social standing on its membership, on the executive committee headed by the President, Chief Samuel Ogali, and on its Board of Trustees, under the chairmanship of Chief Charles-Lwanga Okwoli.

The main purpose of the club is to foster unity, peace, and development in Idah and also to synergize, collaborate and partner with Government, private institutions, and individuals to bring much-needed socio-economic development through community service to Idah and Igala land in general.

In terms of the Club’s achievements include but are not limited to the following; The Club has been able to come out firm on Peace Advocacy, during the last general election in April 2019, IC6575 Peace Advocacy posters were pasted everywhere in Idah. Similarly, during the Kogi State gubernatorial election in November 2019, the Club’s Peace Advocacy messages were on Amikad Bill Boards in the heart of Lokoja and Anyigba respectively, and the posters were also everywhere in Idah.

27th December 2019, on the 27th to be precise, the Club’s Medical Team, embarked on Free Medical Outreach and it was a huge success.

Also, The Club’s Education Committee went to the field and registered 50 indigent students for 2020 JAMB, it has also selected Ten (10) Secondary Schools in Idah. The eight secondary schools’ principals will select 5 indigent but brilliant students annually for the Club to get them registered.

In the area of security, the Club has been dialoguing with Nigerian Police on how to find a lasting solution to social vices like; Thuggery, Armed robbery, Kidnapping, Juvenile delinquency, cultism etc. The Club has in its kitty, blueprints of projects to be executed on short term, Medium term and Long term basis.

No doubt, Members of Idah Club 6575 are determined to change the ugly narratives in the ancient city of Idah through collective and deliberate efforts towards restoring the lost glory of the ancient City.

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IN SEARCH OF 2023 OKIGWE N0RTH FED. CONSTITUNCY SEAT:  LADY NKEIRUKA IBEKWE LEADS THE PACK

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By Bright C. J. Okereke

Lady Nkeiru Ibekwe, is the only  woman-politician, i have seen, within our clime, with an extraordinary  courage and indomitable confidence in her capacity and ability to drive and fund her political interest herself, decently, a feat, her male counterparts in same race, could not attempt.

While, some have opened Fund-Raising accounts and loan-obtaining processes, to bankroll their primaries, Nkeiru, has remained resolute and doggedly on with all needed politicking processes on her own. Capacity is power!

Quite frankly, Okigwe North Federal Constituency, comprising of Okigwe, Onuimo and Isiala Mbano LGAs, has undergone colossal deprivation of socio-economic concerns and  infrastructural development, yet God has continued to preserve His people. 

Ideally, legislative representation revolves round proactive and guided pursuit, towards adding value to the peoples’ life, by ensuring, government uses our collective patrimony to solve the peoples’ problems. And very frankly, life and times have perfectly shaped Lady Nkeiru for this passionate task.

Lady Nkeiru Ibekwe, is into this race for  legislative seat, to sincerely solve daunting constituency challenges; improving the peoples’ life and ensuring her constituency experiences the impacts of federal governance.

Legislative service is such a demanding responsibility that deserves conscience, integrity and dedication. It requires one who can be a trustee of his constituents and attract a positive influence in the constituency. And Nkeiru Ibekwe, squarely fits into this hole. Public positions she had held in the past can attest to her dignity in service and trusteeship.

Ofcourse, Nkeiru Ibekwe, is renowned for excellent service delivery, politics of decency and essence; and leadership of servanthood that exercises real and positive influence on people.

Uncommon gut and diligence is well typified in her. She is very passionate about alleviating the plight of the poor and the vulnerable, little wonder, she has remained the strength and life-support source of many in her domiciliary.

She is a home-grown political personality who knows the length and breadth of her constituency, the integral composition of families, hamlets, villages, communities, towns, LGA’s therein; the boundaries and their pertinent needs. And, as such, she can successfully negotiate and attract varitable solutions to the constituency’s teething problems.

According to the United Nations (UN), investing in women and respecting their rights is the surest way to uplifting communities, organizations and countries, as well as achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And Nkeiru Ibekwe, is the surest bet.

As an esteemed transformational gender leader,, Lady Barr. Nkeiru Ibekwe,   leverages her passion and focus around quality service, transformation of peoples’ value function, leading optimization initiatives to drive activities that translates into stable improvement on human values.

Indeed, Lady Nkeiru Ibekwe of Onuimo is the ‘Best fit’ and obviously she is leading the race for 2023 Okigwe North Federal House of Representatives seat.

May the Lord be with you!

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Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris congratulates Muslims, advocates for sacrifice at Eid-el-fitr

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Kogi PDP Chieftain, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris congratulated Muslim Faithfuls for witnessing another end of Ramadan. He made this call in a Sallah felicitation message to Muslim ummah in Kogi State. “I give thanks to Allah for giving us another opportunity to witness this year’s Ramadan. I also give thanks to Allah for making it possible for us to see the end of the Ramadan,” he said. He used the opportunity to equally urge all Muslim brothers and sisters across Nigeria to continue to uphold the tenets of sacrifice. “I pray that Allah accepts our prayers and sacrifices during this period. Amin. Happy Eid celebration to you and your family!” he further added.

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Eid El Fitr : Kogi Professionals Network Felicitates with Muslims, Urge Positive Action to Overcome Challenges 

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Kogi Professionals Network (KPN) is Felicitating with Muslims  on the successful completion of the 30 day  Ramadan fast and the celebration of the Eid El Fitr,

The convener and president  of the group, Dr James Odaudu, in a press release made available to Market Hub Media, congratulates all the Muslim faithfuls in Nigeria and Kogi State in particular for staying true to the spirit of the period. 

“As we pray for their good deeds, petitions and supplications to be accepted by the Almighty Allah (SAW), we also remind them that the nation,  and by extension, Kogi State, needs constant spiritual intervention to overcome the political, spiritual and security challenges currently plaguing the polity.

This need has become very paramount, given that the State is passing through a period of selections and elections of a new set of leaders in whose hands the destiny of the over five million Kogites will be thrusted”.

He therefore request the Christians to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in praying and working for the emergence of leaders with capacity and undiluted commitment to the welfare of the people and overall development of the state. 

“We also enjoin Kogites, irrespective of their ethnic, political and religious backgrounds, to join hands in ensuring that the bigotries that have held the state down from inception are removed henceforth by supporting only those that have the zeal and patriotic disposition to the development of the state”.

Kogi Professionals Network is a Association of professionals of diverse disciplines and membership drawn from all over the state without bias to place of residence, gender, tribal, religious or political affiliations, and with unalloyed commitment to the entrenchment of good governance and unity in Kogi State. 

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