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Nasarawa State Govt reaffirms commitment to the promotion of cultural festivals of ethnic groups in the state.

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By Willy Punvwet Lafia.

The Nasarawa State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of cultural festivities among various ethnic groups in the state as a tool for the promotion of peaceful co existence between its citizenry.

The State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, who disclosed this at Imon Village on Saturday, venue of the Tiv Cultural day, called on every sociocultural organization in the state to always organized their cultural festivities, which he noted would not only promote peace but would go a long way in providing them with the dividend of democracy.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Administration, Government House, Alh. Umaru Idris, Governor Sule commended officials of the Tiv Development Association ( TIDA) for the continued annual organization of the Tiv day cultural festival, pledging that his administration would continue to give them the necessary support.

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He announced that recently, the Assakio community organized their fishing festival in which the state government was fully represented and called on other ethnic groups in the state to emulate the gesture.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the TIDA President, Comrade Solomon Chunku who was full of praises to Governor Sule for the opportunity he gave Tiv sons and daughters to serve in his cabinet, appealed to him to create a Tiv Chiefdom for the community to enable them have a sense of belonging.

Comrade Chunku also appealed to the state government to as a matter of urgency resettled the displaced Tiv community that were forced out of their settlement as a result of crises that were witnessed within the Tiv enclaves in recent times.

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According to him, most of their kinsmen and Women are still suffering in IDP camp.

The TIDA President explained that the festival was being organized annually as part of efforts to promoting peaceful coexistence not only among the Tiv people as a community but their neighbors inclusive.

He appealed to the Tiv community to always embrace peace where ever they found themselves, commending the Nasarawa State Government for always being there for them and promised to give the administration their unflinching support at all times.

Edited by Ali Atabor


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