A group named “Mada Development Association (MDA)” in Nasarawa State has called on the State Government to construct a palace for the first-class traditional ruler of Mada, Mr Samson Gamu-Yare.
The Chairman, Care Taker Committee of the association, Mr Josiah Musa, made the call yesterday during the inauguration of MDA’s newly elected officials and launching of its 2016 Almanac in Akwanga.
The Chun-Mada is the paramount traditional ruler of Mada nation in Akwanga local government area of the state.
It was learnt that the traditional ruler has been using his personal residence as palace since his appointment in July 2013 by Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
Musa said that the appeal became imperative to enable the first-class traditional ruler have a permanent palace to discharge his functions effectively aside from the importance of a palace to the development of any community or society.
“If we will recall, this Care Taker Committee, of which I am the chairman, came on board on 17th July, 2015, in order to set up a new leadership with sustainable structure which, to the best of my knowledge, is one of the reason for our gathering here today.
“As a care taker committee, we have achieved a lot which include successful conduct of free and fair election of the new executive, resuscitation of Mada Community Secondary School, Andaha, and development of Mada data membership website, among others.”
“My speech will not be complete if I did not mention area of challenges and needs of Mada nation. It is in view of this that I want to appeal to Governor Tanko Al-Makura to come to our aid through the construction of the palace of our first-class ruler, the Chun Mada palace,” he said.
Musa commended Al-Makura for the appointment of the Chun Mada of Mada nation after 30 years of Chieftancy tussle.
While restating the association’s support for the state government, he also commended the governor for other development projects cited in Akwanga.
Musa attributed the success recorded by the committee to the support of the traditional ruler and other illustrious sons and daughters of the area.
Mr Peter Mbucho, a member representing Akwanga North Constituency in the state House of Assembly, advised the newly inaugurated executive to carry everybody along as well as to operate an open door policy in order to move the association and the state forward.
Mbucho, a third-term member, renewed his commitment to continue to initiate people-oriented projects in order to fight poverty, unemployment and boost the standard of living of his people and the state at large.
Mr David Zakka, the new President of the association, promised to discharge his duties without fear or favour, and solicited for support to enable them succeed in carrying Mada nation and the state to a greater height.
NAN reports that Messrs Baba Wasa, Christopher Bashayi, and Jube Moses were also sworn-in as Vice President, Secretary General and Financial Secretary, respectively.
Others are Mary Akawu, Shammaki Shammaki, Muazu Adamu and Ibrahim Loko, who were sworn-in as Treasurer, P.R.O, Welfare Officer and Cultural Officer, respectively. [Nasarawa/NAN]
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