Prominent Ebira sons and daughters at the weekend gathered in Okene to discuss issues affecting their communities with view a to strengthening existing peace and finding ways to enhance socio- economic development of the people.

The occasion was the 11th Ebira Youth National Summit, organised by Ebira Youth Congress,(EYC). The event took place at the auditorium of Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene.

The chairman of the occasion Dr. Pius Salami told his audience that his generation has failed to leave any worthy legacies for the younger generation of Ebira extraction to emulate and lashed at a situation where clannish sentiments are used as the basis for the conduct of the affairs of the land.

Salami who is the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa while emphasizing the place of education in nation building, called on members of Ebira Youth Council to embark on sensitization programme on the need for parents to give proper education to their children and wards.

He said if things must change there must be proper education and value re-orientation of the youths who he said are future leaders for effective and efficient service delivery as according to him, the building of an enduring society that can respond positive to societal challenges was the responsibility of all the citizenry, hence the need for collective efforts in moving the area forward.

The cerebral academic noted that if the people must overcome their present problems, they must devote more time to the things which help to unit them, rather than the things which divide them.

Earlier, the president General of EYC, Comrade Gomina Kadir, in his speech said the various tragedies which have befallen the people have cumulatively put Ebiraland in distress. He called for concerted efforts by the people and a more proactive approach by the security agents to bring permanent solution to the security problems in Ebiraland.

The summit featured lectures on the security challenges in the area and the problems associated with local government administration, even as the congress called for Local Government autonomy.

By Itopa Omeiza Jimoh

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