By Philip Yatai
The Abuja Branch of Asholio Development Association (ADA), has honoured its distinguished sons and daughter for impacting positively on the Asholio community in Kaduna State.
The Asholio people are found in Kaura, Kauru and Jema’a Local Governments in the southern part of Kaduna State.
The awardees were recognised during the ADA Abuja Branch 2023 end-of-year cultural celebration codenamed “Mam Asholio”, on Saturday.
Among those recognised were Mr Thomas Yatai, Facility Manager, Baze University Teaching Hospital, Abuja, and Mr Jerri Bonet, Human Resource Officer, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Also honoured were Dr Obadiah Nkom, Director-General (DG), Nigeria Mining Cadastre, and Dr Victoria Akai, DG, Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
The Chairman of the branch, Mr Kaboshio Dauda, in his speech, said that the recipients had done so much for the Asholio community and had to be recognised and honoured for others to emulate.
Dauda explained that their contributions ranged from youth empowerment, community development, capacity building to promotion of peace and unity of the Asholio people.
“This award is in recognition of your excellent leadership and for serving as worthy ambassadors of the Asholio people in your current places of service, as well as your support to the Association and Moro’a land,” he said.
He explained that the annual cultural festival was targeted at sustaining and promoting the Asholio culture through showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Moro’a chiefdom.
He added that the event was also organised to bring Asholio sons and daughters together to contribute to nation building through promotion of peace for sustainable development.
He said that the Association started as a branch in Abuja in 1995 and had grown over the years with 10 sub-branches across the Federal Capital Territory.
The chairman said that the group had, over the years, contributed immensely to the sustenance of peace, economic growth and development of the FCT.
“This is being done through the operation of private businesses by the sons and daughters of Asholio in the city.
“We have also contributed seasoned civil and public servants serving in different capacities in different government agencies in the six Area Councils of the FCT,” he said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Yatai, who thanked the Association for the recognition, said that the event provided an opportunity for the Asholio people to consider the roles of ethnic nationality in nation building.
“We must, at this stage, think of better ways to promote peace and unity in our land. We all have a choice to make, and that is the choice of becoming better citizens.
“We can choose to be better people in Asholio land by standing for one another for the growth of our father land and continue to pray for our leaders to succeed in their respective leadership roles,” he said.
Another awardee, Mr Bonet, the immediate past National Youth Leader of the Association, who was also the guest speaker, urged the Asholio youths to be good ambassadors of the land.
Bonet, who spoke on the topic, “The Role of Ethnic Nationalities in Peace and Nation Building: Asholio of Kaduna State in Perspective”, urged the people to be peace builders and worthy partners in the development process of Nigeria.
“Contribute your quota in your own way and trust God to bless you. Let us shun negative lifestyles that can disrupt peace and truncate our chances of succeeding in life.”
He, however, stressed the need for government at all levels to provide basic social amenities and promote inclusive governance to enable ethnic nationalities to contribute immensely to nation building.
In his remarks, Rep. Donatus Mathew (LP/Kaura) said that peace and unity were key to sustainable development.
Mathew thanked the Asholio people for the effort toward promoting peace and unity through cultural festivals, and pledged his continued support for the growth and development of Kaura local government area.
He called for sustained partnership and support to enable him deliver quality representation for the Kaura people in the National Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlights of the event included the unveiling and launching of the branch bye laws, cultural dances and drama depicting unity in diversity. (NAN)
Edited by Ephraims Sheyin