By Azi Peter – Jos
The Afizere Youth Movement,National Body which comprises Jos North,Jos East,Mangu in Plateau state as well as Toro and Tafawa Balewa local government Government Areas of Bauchi State,were at the weekend converged at the Famous Izere Arena Gwafan(Lamingo),Jos North Local government to brainstorm on issues that bother the development and challenges of Izere people. The Symposium was well attended by the Izere people especially Youths both at home and in diaspora. In his opening speech, AYM National President,Barrister Zachariah Awang, apart from the usual jamboree of January 1st AYM event of gala night, and miss Izere beauty pageant which despite arrangement and planning this year’s event was aborted by the second wave of covid 19 pandemic which unarguably ravaged the whole world.
We then widen our horizon and took a deliberate step to organize a two days event; a symposium and a hike.
He said that,these two events are very special to us because it is an avenue to acquire both intellectual and vocational knowledge and secondly,hiking like the old adage,”all work without play makes jack a dull boy”. Awang said the hiking will avail the youths the opportunity to exercise and get together at our prestigious tourist site,Gog and Magog,Shere Hills.
According to Barrister Awang,there is no doubt,the event will open a paradigm shift in AYM activities,we shall consult widely to make it an annual event.
The President further commended the effort of Governor Simon Bako Lalong for finding worthy Izere Illustrious sons and Daughters of appointment into various positions.
I will not hesitate to say this without fear of contradiction and intimidation that we have seen very little or not seen any dividend of such offices yet and the time to act is now. He expressed his profound appreciation to the Speaker Plateau state House of Assembly,Rt. Hon. Nuhu Abok Ayuba,for accepting to chair the ocassion.
The Symposium topic was: Izere Youth and Developmental challenges in Izere Nation. Delivered by Dr. Augustine Sambo Azi,Deputy Dean Student Affairs,University of Jos,described youth as someone that is vibrant and still have vigour and is not up to sixty years. he identified Tourism as a key area to develop in Izere land,Shere Hills,River Durbi,”Aya aner River at Jarawan Kogi.Sports Development.
He also said education is one of the most viable sector Izere should focus and prioritize,he advised the Izere Youths to acquire knowledge and increase the number of Professors,Build community schools,Economic development in order to eradicate poverty,There should be more wider political participation.
Agriculture as a viable tool for economic transformation needed to be boost,Izere land produces the best cucumber and tomatoes to the other parts of the country.
The resource persons listed the following factors responsible for the underdevelopment in Izere land,Selfishness,lack of direction and focus from the youths. Poverty,some give birth to multiple children that they can’t carter for them,hence poverty becomes order of the day and constitute threats to the society. Dr. Azi also identified unhealthy competition among the people as one of the factors impeding development.
How to mitigate the problems is by self assessment,bottom to top approach,Revamping of education from Primary down to Tertiary,develop political consciousness at the grassroot.
Chairman of the occasion,Rt. Hon. Nuhu Abok Ayuba.Speaker,Plateau state House of Assembly he said the occasion of such will continue to unite Izere youths and chart for the way forward. He promised to support the youth always and assure his constituents of more dividends of democracy particularly the Fobur-Maijuju-Zandi Road will be completed.
The occasion witnessed the Presentation of Awards of Excellence and pace setters. The awardees includes Mr. Izam Atang Azi who received double Awards as the pioneer Head of Civil service in Izere and award of meritorious service to the Plateau state,Mr Ladi Agyer Madaki,first Izere woman to occupy the position of the chief registrar of the Plateau state high court,Barrister Bulus Atsen,Chairman NBA Abuja,Unity Bar,Comrade Innocent Ajiji,President African Railway workers and Chairman on Nigerian National union of Railway workers,Dr. Douglas Kaze,Mrs Ayisa Daniel, among others. Responding on behalf of the awardees,Mr. Izam Atang Azi,the former head of service. Iam very happy with the two awards given to me by the Afizere Youth movement and I’m very encouraged that they have acknowledged some of the contributions I have made to the Izere nation and the state at large. Izam said he is inspired to do more for my community,I want to advice the youths to strive and acquire skills through entrepreneurship because we have come of a stage where government cannot provide job for everybody.other dignitaries that graced the event included Barrister Amos Azi,chairman security and investment tribunal,Mr Sambo Agwom,Chairman PDP UK,Rt. Hon Joshua Izang Madaki,Former Speaker,Plateau state house of Assembly Hundreds of Afizere youths both at home and in diaspora turn out en-mass,the Asharawa dancers thrilled the guests with their beautiful dancing steps

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