By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
THE strength of every given community is all in its resolve to consciously agree to, together brace up against any emerging failure that tends to jeopardize its developmental efforts. And, in pursuit of its deserved set goals, it should also be weary of tendencies that stand to divide its people.
This is because, a community without a clear sense of direction is standing on the threshold of collapse and will always be in conflicts with the realities of life and the ripple effect would no doubt, be felt by younger generation who are future leaders of the community.
The fact still remains that, no focused community would allow its youths suffer nor would it be happy to see them wobble in lack as a result of its failure to lay a solid foundation that allows them to compete favorably with their peers in other parts of the world.
Therefore, it is certain that, for a community to achieve its deserved set goals, it requires an adept intervention from those with “third eyes”, who can see things from a distance and be able to set targets that would help arrest any possible doom and gloom.
It is thus possible that, the present leadership of the Gamai Unity and Development Organization (GUDO), led by Miskoom Theodore Bala Maiyaki, with their “third eyes” saw from a distance and decided to first work on the unity of their people. This is not in any way to state that the Gamai people were not united before, but it is the adaptation of a new strategy towards pursuing a common front that is the focus here.
Infact, it was glaringly seen, when the leadership of GUDO gathered all sons and daughters of Gamai land both at home and in the diaspora to commission the first ever Gamai Liaison Office in Jos, the Plateau State capital. To tell you how special this occasion was to them, the Long Gamai of Gamai nation, HRH Miskoom Martin Shaldas III travelled all the way from Shendam to commission the annex office and signed the visitors’ book as its first visitor.
Speaking shortly after the occasion, the National President of GUDO, Miskoom Theodore Bala Maiyaki said, “this office represents a centre for Gamai Unity in and around Jos. We deliberately decided to establish this office for reasons of continuity so that, those residing in Jos should have the rare opportunity of coming here to discuss their issues.
“Gamai issues are Gamai issues. GUDO is the eye of the Gamai people in the whole world and therefore, we thought it was necessary to create this office as a window of access for the Gamai people to find a way of recourse for their issues. And as part of what we have done, we are establishing a website for Gamai people in this office and the idea is for it to be a membership portal where members will have the opportunity to have an ID.
“Also, people who are seeking for assistance for scholarship, will have that service easily. They don’t need to go round town looking for people to sponsor or potential sponsors. All we want to do is to converse anything Gamai at this point. This also apply to those who are seeking for job opportunities. We will work up job windows, place them on our portals when we have job opportunities. We will make calls from our portal.
And for those who would not have access to our portal, we will allow them to bring their CVs to this office, because it is an office for us to articulate, dissimilate information and also connect concerns that pertain our people. This office will serve as an operational desk where we will hold our meetings and discuss issues that concern the Gamai and have structures and strata of our leadership”, he highlighted.
According to the President, “To cap it all, the Long Gamai who is our Grand Patron is here to commission the office, he was the first person that walked into this office and took the first seat. What that shows is that, this is an access to the Long Gamai who is our paramount ruler. So, the Gamai nation is here!”.
Obviously, one must not be told that, a different dimension has been taken by the Gamai nation. We were dumbfounded wondering why the choice of an office in Jos, when the National secretariat is in Shendam and should be in Shendam. But the brief highlight from the National President of GUDO, showed that a new dimension and approach to development issues have been opened.
Earlier, the Long Gamai of Gamai nation HRH Miskoom Martin Shaldas III, said there was no better secretariat other than this because it is accessible and convinent for his people saying, “they have taken education as their policy thrust as one of the things that they will encourage our youths to make sure that they better their future.
“There is no legacy that can be left to a young man better than education. So, because of that, we are with them 100%. You can see that, virtually all our elders are here, those who wish the Gamai and their people progress are also here. So, we will continue to support them on noble things like is for us to leave a legacy of being their brothers’ keepers.
“We are very happy and we will continue to pray for them for wisdom that God will give them to make Gamai nation a better place. Naturally, the first cut is the deepest cut. For me being the first visitor to this office, I will continue to remember this and I will keep praying for their progress, he prayed.
Before the commissioning of this annex office, the Long Gamai received Gamai sons and daughters who paid him the traditional and customary palace greetings where all were seen seated on the ground as they received royal blessings. They called it royal greetings which is always observed by the Gamai people when a paramount ruler of his status graces an occasion.
While declaring the occasion opened, the Former Executive Governor of Plateau and Nasarawa State, His Excellency Sir Fidelis Tapgun, who was the Chairman of the occasion, called on Gamai sons and daughters both at home and in diaspora to support the leadership of GUDO to succeed in its pursuit for the development of the land.
On his part, the former Ambassador and National President of GUDO, Amb. Yahaya Kwande, congratulated the Gamai nation saying, “today is the birthday and we have seen actual action that will promote the interest of the Gamai in the society. Therefore, I congratulate those who set up the constitution which I led and those who are executing our recommendations today. People look down upon us because of our lack of cooperation, but this is the beginning and it is a big day for us. I congratulate all Gamai”.
Member representing Shendam Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Livinus Kwapfuan Soja, expressed happiness for this wonderful initiative by the leadership of GUDO because it would be a unifying centre for them as Gamai people saying, “Honestly speaking, I will commend the leadership of GUDO led by Theodore Maiyaki for bringing us together through this initiative. It is a wonderful occasion and a memorable one”.
The leadership’s plans to uphold the Gamai literacy and Bible Translation Trust to generate a curriculum for children in primary schools where they could grow speaking their mother-tongue is also in the works. They also plan to build a Gamai House in Shendam where it will house a museum, with collections of Arts and Artifacts, monument and the entire Gamai customs would be domain there.
The occassion witnessed the presence of personalities like the former Chairman of Shendam Local Government Council, Hon. Kemi Nshe (Turakin Gamai) Justice Boniface Ngywo, Miskoom Lawrence Buenyen, former Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town-Planning, Hon. Barr. Festus Fuanter, Plateau State Accountant General, Mr. Cyril Tsenyil, Attahiru Edmond and a host of others amidst cultural dancers.