Group holds maiden summit in Plateau ahead of 2023 polls

A group, Plateau Our Heritage Revival Initiative (POHri), on Thursday, held its maiden summit toward ensuring election of credible leaders in the 2023 general elections in the state.

The summit which held in Jos, drew participants from different ethnic groups, religions and segments of the sttate had, as its theme: “Plateau State: Changing the Narratives – Our Stand.”

Speaking at the occasion, Convener of the summit, Mr Ayuba Pam, said that it was aimed at finding lasting solutions to the myriad of problems facing the state.

According to him, the summit is to bring to the fore discussions about the kind of leaders that should be elected in the state in 2023.

Pam added that the summit was also targeted at stirring  up discussions that would promote the common heritage of the state.

“As a state, we have myriad of challenges facing us, ranging from ethnic acrimony, disunity, insecurity and what have you.

“So, we are here to discuss, rub minds and ensure that we forge ahead as a people and for the sake of our common heritage,” he said.

Also speaking, Chairman of the group, Mr Alex Kwapnoe, said that the state ought to be better than it was currently, hence the need to have experienced leaders in place in 2023.

“Plateau ought to be the envy of all; we ought to be the centre of attraction, but we are not.

“So, must be involved in who governs Plateau in 2023, and that person should emerge based on experience and what he or she has to offer.

“So we must put our sentiments and interests aside and elect credible leaders that move this state forward,” he said.

Declaring the summit open, Chairman of the occasion, Retired Brig.-Gen. Jon Temlong, commended the group for putting together the event to find solutions to the problems facing the state.

Temlong, the first Commander, Multi-National Joint Task Force in the North-East, urged residents of the state to change their attitudes toward actualising the state’s common heritage.

“We have to understand that our diversity is a source of strength, but if not well managed, it will become our albatross.

“As a people, we must change our attitudes and be more serious and committed to ensuring that we change things for good.

“Elders must be seen leading by example; we must be seen to be peaceful and matured in outlook and speech. So, changing the narrative must begin with us,” he said. 

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