His Royal Highness, Agabaidu  Elias Ikoyi Obekpa,the ochi' idoma of idoma land

THE OCHI’IDOMA  His Royal Highness,Agabaidu  Elias Ikoyi Obekpa,CON,FCNTI,Traditional Ruler,Community Leader,Administrator,the Och’idoma of idoma kingdom and the vice chairman,Benue state Council  of Chiefs,was  born  on December 31,1944 at Ipole Otukpa,Benue state. He had his Primary Education at the St. Joseph’s Primary School,Orokam, and St. Mary’s Catholic School, Otukpo from 1954 to 1960.                             ochi                                                                                              
In 1962, His Royal Highness proceeded to the St. Edna’s Teacher’s College Zaria from where he distinguished himself as the best graduating student in 1966. Not yet done with academics, Agabaidu Elias Ikoyi Obekpa sat for and passed two  A’ Level Papers, Economics and Geography. This paved way for his admission into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in 1971. He graduated in 1974 with a B.SC (Hons) in Business Administration. The Och’Idoma further attended the Arthur D. Little School of Management, Cambridge Massachusetts,USA,where he obtained an M.SC in Business Analyses and Management in 1982.                                                                                                                                                   
His Royal Highness began his working career as a Primary School Teacher in 1967. He served as  class teacher and Headmaster in many Primary Schools between 1967 and 1971. In 1975, His Royal Highness  changed his career to Tax Administration and was appointed an Inspector of Tax Grade 11 by the then Government of Benue Plateau State. He rose steadily through the ranks and became Director, tax Administration, in 1993. The crowning moment of his career was in 1994 when he was appointed the Chairman and Chief Executive of Benue State Board of Internal Revenue. His appointment turned around  the fortune of Revenue generation in  the State.This , he achieved, through aggressive mobilization and effective management.    

Agabaidu attended many courses and workshops at home and abroad. He is a member of many professional   Bodies including Chartered Institute of Taxation  and the American Institute of Management. During his career as a Civil Servant, Agabaidu  Obekpa served as Secretary/Chairman to many important Committees  including that of Revenue Mobilization and  Generation 1986 and Benue State Car Refurbishing Loan among others. In December,1996 ,His Royal Highness was elected the Och’Idoma  of Idoma Land. His reign as Och’Idoma has witnessed unprecedented peace and unity among the sons and daughters of the kingdom.                                                                                                                    
In recognition of his outstanding  contributions to National Development and Community Service, His Royal Highness was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the Government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The Royal  Father is married  with Children . Among his hobbies are table tennis and Squash.     


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