The Plateau State Governor, Bar. Simon Lalong has stressed that his administration’s plan to create chiefdoms, districts and villages is to ensure justice, protect cultural values and bring development nearer to the people. The Governor disclosed his plan at this year’s Bit Goemai annual cultural festival of the Goemai people of Shendam Local Government area of Plateau State.
The Long Goemai of Shendam Hubert Sheldas II, represented by Long Doro Miskoom David Isa Dokbal honored the Plateau state Governor with a Shield and spear at the occasion which he said is symbolic for the Governor’s role as a protector of the Goemai people and the entire state.
In his address Governor Lalong called on the people to support his administration’s plan to create new chiefdoms, districts and villages. The Governor also used the opportunity to caution his people against unchecked westernization saying ethnic groups in the state should strive to protect their languages and cultural festivals from extinction because they are weapons of empowerment.
Chairman of the occasion, Ambassadors Yahaya Kwande said Goemai people must give total support to the Lalong administration in order to collectively succeed in the leadership mantle handed to them by all the tribes in the state.
National President of the Goemai Unity and Cultural Development Organization, Mr Y. Thomas said the organization has held series of meetings aimed at fostering understanding among the Goemai people, their neighbors and other ethnic groups resident in Goemai land.
Others who spoke at the occasion includes the Minister for Youths and Sport, Solomon Dalung, Chief Judge of the state, Pius Damulak, Secretary to the state government, Rufus Bature and Management Committee Chairman of Shendam LGA.
A book titled ‘who are the Goemais?’ written by Stephen Sarki Musa, Fidelis Longbam and Dogara Hassan was launched during the ceremony.