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Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas has charged the Tiv ethnic group to be peace ambassadors and established a cordial relationship with their neighbors, Jukun for meaningful development to thrive in the state.

Governor Kefas made the appeal during the 2023 convention of the Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) Taraba state held in Jalingo over the weekend.

He said the Jukun and Tiv crisis is a family fight and that the two ethnic groups are one, and they shall continue to coexist for unity and development.

Governor Kefas explained that, the theme of the convention: “Unity And Peace As Panacea For Tiv Emancipation In Taraba State”, which was carefully selected by the organizers, will be addressed as emancipation of Taraba state not only the Tiv ethnic groups.

He congratulated the newly elected officials and urged them to work with the government, carry their members along, and ensure their leadership promote peace and progress for the society.

The governor, who was represented by the majority leader, Taraba State House of Assembly (TSHA), Hon. Jethro Yakubu, said parents should take advantage of Governor Agbu Kefas’ free education policy and send their children to school.

He stressed that government will rebuild schools destroyed as a result of communal clashes and provide learning materials for the students.

In his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Daniel Igirah, said TCSA has been in existence for over four decades and its objective is to foster unity among the Tiv and promote their cultural heritage.

Mr. Igirah reiterated that no association survived without credible and acceptable leadership, therefore, leadership is about responsibility and commitment.

He appealed to the Tiv people to understand that it is high time they restored the good name and build a positive image of the Tiv people in Taraba State.

“We must build bridges across ethnic divides in a multicultural society like Taraba State”, Igirah said.

In the same vein, the Commissioner, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation, Taraba state, Hon. Habu James Philip, called on the Tiv ethnic groups to redouble their efforts and unite with other ethnic nationalities for the benefit of their children.

Habu explained that people living in glass houses hardly throw stones. According to him, the five fingers action plan of Dr. Agbu Kefas led administration mean well for every individuals irrespective of their ethnic nationality.

Prof. Tyavbee Ajai, while presenting a paper titled: “Harnessing Unity and Peace As The Ultimate Panacea For Achieving Tiv Emancipation“, said despite the intricate tapestry of humanity’s struggle for liberation and self determination, the Tiv people have stood as a resilient and vibrant community, striving to transcend historical challenges, which carved their path toward emancipation.

He stated that unity of purpose, peace and emancipation can only be achieved when people unanimously come together, but not by resolving conflict through war.

He however said that in the absent of peace and unity their will be no emancipation, “for the emancipation of Tiv people can only achieve through unity and peace, which required collective responsibility”, he said.