Chief of Staff
Hon. David Edward Onoja is Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor. His office is the administrative seat of the Governor, as it coordinates His Excellency’s activities and ensures thatthe machinery of government runs smoothly in order to create an enabling environment for effective governance. The Office is structured to discharge its mandate of providing proactive and effective support base for His Excellency, the Governor, in an effective and efficient manner.
It engages in policy articulation, programme implementation and projects monitoring in consonance with democratic governance and strategic thrust of the State government.
Undeniably, it is the engine room of the Governor’s office.
Vision Statement: “To be a one stop engine room, providing effective and efficient support for the Governor”.
Mission Statement: “Committed to providing pro-active and dynamic support-base for excellent service delivery through a highly motivated and vibrant work force”.
The major role the office plays is being a “strategic management and support base for His Excellency, the Governor”.
Core values;the values which define the office are
• Commitment to Excellent Service delivery
The statutory responsibilities of the office are contained in the assigned ministerial responsibilities of the office which spell out its functions as follows:
1. Protocol and Administration of Government House.
2. Control and Maintenance of Government Guest House and VIP Chalets
3. Political Intelligence
4. Political Correspondence
5. General Administration of the Chief Executive Office
6. Co-ordination of schedule of Governor’s Activities
7. Control of Government Guest Houses attached to Liaison Office
8. Relation with Embassies and others
9. Liaison Office
10. Establishment of a Mini-Exhibition centre for the Purpose of projecting the image of the state.
11. Passages and Estacode matters in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance
12. Ministerial Briefing with his Excellency
Name: Hon. Edward David Onoja
Hometown: Emonyoku, Ogugu
Local Government Area: Olamaboro
Political Party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
Political Experience: House of Assembly aspirant on the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform in 2011; Chief Strategist, Alhaji Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization; and State Director, Kogi Youth Arise Group, a conglomeration of politically prudent youths and strategists who worked assiduously for the success of Buhari during the 2015 presidential election. He is currently the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello.
Political Capacity: Very potent, efficacious, and profoundly capable.
Political Value: Greatly influential and highly distinguished.
Mr. Edward Onoja is a distinctive Geologist, provident treasury manager, banker per excellence, and a savvy oil and gas magnate. He is a superior icon of sentient leadership, an orator and a label of inimitable captaincy of politics in Igala land particularly Olamaboro Local Government Area where he hails from. He is the General Manager of International Network and Global Travel.
As far as politics is concerned, this character could be likened to a trojan politician. He is well known to have championed the political cause of his longtime friend and political associate, Alhaji Yahaya Bello a.k.a FairPlus who is now the governor of Kogi State.
Mr. Onoja is a youth mobilizer, a resolute young man who always stands firm for what he knows, likes, and believe in without staggering or flickering. He is a principal stakeholder among the drivers of the political “CHANGE” that has come to stay in Kogi State.
Mr. Edward Onoja is a staunch 12-year follower and advocate of a GMB presidency. Moreover, he is an advocate of generational power shift; and a man of God ala prophet in his own standing. He is fearless, bold but with a soft heart for the less privileged women, children and aged.
Given his intellectual proficiency, competence and capacity coupled with the way he mobilizes, educate, and empower the youths of Igala extraction and beyond the borders of Kogi east, Hon. Edward is on his way to becoming one of the most powerful and politically trendy youths in Igalaland.