On Saturday, the Och’Idoma HRM, Agaba-Idu Elaigwu Odogbo Obagaji John CON, announced his plan to construct the Idoma Cultural and Social Centre in Otukpo.
The announcement came via a report from the media aide to Och’Idoma, Mr. Onuminya Samuel Odoba.
The paramount ruler of the Idoma Kingdom revealed this grand plan for the heart of Otukpo, the traditional headquarters of the Idoma nation. Agaba-Idu said that the state-of-the-art facility, once completed, will offer comfortable, secure, and convenient accommodations for both individuals and groups. He promised a memorable experience, immersing visitors in the rich socio-cultural history and traditions of the Idoma people.
Upon completion, the centre will boast a Hall of Fame, a multipurpose hall, an ICT centre, a mini-mall, a pharmacy, meeting rooms, and 89 fully furnished guest rooms catering to locals and visitors alike.
The Centre’s primary objective is to serve as the central hub for the Idoma Renaissance, attracting dignitaries, researchers, cultural enthusiasts, creatives, and tourists from around the world eager to experience Idoma culture and tradition.
Agaba-Idu envisions the centre as a fusion of contemporary and traditional architectural designs and amenities, bridging the past and present. A Hall of Fame will honour Idoma’s history, past Och’Idoma, and other notable figures and events shaping Idoma’s socio-cultural evolution.
As a renowned scholar and visionary, Agaba-Idu sees the Centre as a melting pot of progressive ideas and a catalyst for cultural exchange, aiming to revitalise and archive the rich Idoma history for future generations.
A high-level committee will be inaugurated in the coming weeks to expedite this groundbreaking project that befits the Idoma Kingdom in Otukpo.
The centre, upon completion, is poised to generate significant revenue for the Idoma Area Traditional Council and will host cultural festivals, art exhibitions, skills acquisition, and workshops.
Located strategically in Otukpo, the centre will ensure easy accessibility, enhancing its reputation as a paramount host centre for important guests.
HRM envisions a space where dignitaries, scholars, creative artists, and individuals from all walks of life can exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and appreciate the enduring legacy of the Idoma people.
This epochal project will be the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria and is expected to leave an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the Idoma nation.
Apart from boosting Otukpo’s local economy, the centre will create job opportunities for hundreds of youths, thereby reducing unemployment and restiveness in the area.
The Idoma Cultural and Social Centre has been officially registered with the Otukpo Local Government, inviting all Idoma sons, daughters, and title holders to participate in the development of their kingdom, especially this laudable project.