Don tasks Ig­bom­ina in­di­genes on unity

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

As part of the ef­forts to en­sure devel­op­ment in Ig­bom­i­na­land, a Pro­fes­sor of Science Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ilorin, Es­ther Omosewo, has stressed the need for unity among the in­di­genes. He said that no eth­nic group can progress with­out unity.

Omosewo said this while de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture, en­ti­tled “A Pro­posal for Unity among Ig­bom­ina Peo­ple for Global Devel­op­ment,” at the Ig­bom­ina Day cel­e­bra­tion or­gan­ised by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ig­bom­ina Stu­dents, Univer­sity of Ilorin Chap­ter. He ob­served that though the Ig­bom­i­nas are renowned mer­chants, well known for long dis­tance trad­ing which ac­counts for their spread across Yoruba land. He noted that chief­taincy dis­putes have been the ma­jor is­sues hin­der­ing the devel­op­ment of their area.

Ac­cord­ing to the don, that ex­plains why gov­ern­ment pres­ence has not been felt in Ig­bom­ina land.

Prof­fer­ing the way for­ward for devel­op­ment in the area, Prof. Omosewo urged all Ig­bom­ina in­di­genes in gov­ern­ment to es­chew an­tag­o­nism to the progress of those they are not in good terms with, ad­ding that ef­forts should be made to or­ga­nize hol­i­day coach­ing for sec­ondary school stu­dents in each town and also in­di­genes of Ig­bom­ina should be called to speak on im­por­tant is­sues.

On his part, the Staff Ad­viser of the Ig­bom­ina Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Dr. T.S. Arinde, Depart­ment of Per­form­ing Arts, Univer­sity of Ilorin, urged mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion to re­main fo­cused and op­ti­mistic about Ig­bom­ina land, stress­ing that when there is syn­ergy among peo­ple, devel­op­ment will be eas­ily at­tained.

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