The Doemak people of Pan Chiefdom in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau state during the Christmas season celebrated in grand style their annual cultural festival in Doemak town, tagged: “Bit Jep sual” with a call on the youths not to be submissive to cheap political gains but work towards attaining their destiny in life, the guest speaker at the occasion, Mr Innocent Dajang a lecturer with the English Department, University of Jos made this plea while Presenting a paper titled “Youth empowerment, a panacea for lasting peace and sustainable development”, and urges Government at all levels to embark on youth empowerment in the country which is key to the sustainability of peace and development in the Country.
26th December is set aside annualy to commemorate with the cultural day organized by the National body of Doemak Youth Development Association (DYDA) drawing all sons and daughters of the Chiefdom back home to witness their rich cultural heritage been sustained by the youths from the community.
The national President of Doemak Youth Development Association (DYDA), Mr Titus Datoes said they are committed to promoting their rich cultural heritage in order for it not go extinct. He said the body is a non political or religious body established long ago in the land and the revitalization of the cultural day is aimed at championing developmental issues above all the unity of her people. He commended the efforts of their parents whom have played their part in nation building.
The Grand Patron of the association, HRH. Cosmos Ndelong Dakyap, the Long Doemak earlier performed the traditional rite to commenced the day, prayed God to grant his kingdom peace and development, he urged his people to remember where they came from and their rich cultural heritage all the time. The Monarch applauded the vision of the youths and promised his support to all peace and developmental initiatives in his kingdom.
Highlights of the event was the display of traditional delicacies such as “lua koo goe leem, nawe’e, oeksua, duang and the local brew known as muos”, followed by cultural dances ranging from “gya mau, gya ga’a, gya fe’er, gya gaalaa, gya koem and the famous traditional wrestling respectively.
The Lawmaker representing Qua’an Pan, Shendam and Mikang Federal Constituency Johnbull Shekarau expressed confidence in the dreams and vision of the DYDA youths championed within his constituency stating that they made him proud. Shekarau, who was represented by his Qua’an Pan liason officer, Joshua Dabak pledges his readiness towards youth empowerment and his support for the unity and development of his Constituency.