Kogi Govt Approves Mathew Opaluwa’s Appointment As New Atta Igala


The Kogi State government has approved the appointment of Prince Mathew Alaji Opaluwa as the new Atta Igala following the demise of HRM Michael Ameh Oboni II, who died on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Abuja.

This followed the ratification of the appointment by the Kogi State Executive Council at its meeting on Monday.

A statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. S.M Ozigi Deedat, on Monday evening, said the appointment of Prince Opaluwa followed his nomination by the Kingmakers and the Committee set up by Governor Yahaya Bello to entertain all issues surrounding the selection of the new Atta.

The council also approved the grading and upgrading of 74 traditional stools cutting across the three senatorial zones in the state.

The Atta Igala-designate started his early education at St Boniface Primary School, Idah in 1975 and proceeded to St Peter’s College, Idah where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC), in 1980.

He attended the School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo in Benue State in 1981 and proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in the same year and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Business Administration in 1986.

He acquired his Master’s (MBA) degree in Business Administration in 1997.

Before his appointment, he had worked at the Independent National Electoral Commission in 1988 as an administrative officer and rose through the ranks to become a deputy director.

He has served in many local government areas of Kogi, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory as an electoral officer but while in Katsina State, he was in charge of the Research and Documentation Unit of the Commission.

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