Barrister Awang Promises To Reposition Afizere Culture To Enviable Position

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Yakubu Busari


The  Chairman of National Body of  Afizere Youth Movement, (AYM) a Socio-cultural Association in Plateau State , Barr. Zachariah Awang has promised the youths of Afizere of his determination to resuscitated and rebranded also  maintain some levels of independence in moving them forward.


Speaking during the inauguration of new Exco to run the affairs of the organization in the next three years, Awang employed the youth to remain committed to wellbeing of their future.



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He introduces   3-pillar policy which includes “Unity, Education, and Empowerment” for the betterment of the Afizere speaking natives in Nigeria see themselves as members of one family.


Barr. Awang commended Governor, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong for appointing their illustrious sons and daughters of Izere into key positions in the state.


He noted that the group would serve as a watchdog to the society and encourage those in position of authority to use it for the benefit of all .


Zachariah sued for forgiveness and tolerance for them to move their nation forward,”let us forget our  past and join hands with government  to actualize our God given potential “,  “No victor, no vanquished.


Together, we shall make the Izere nation great”.



The new Secretary-General of the movement, Vincent Nyam Vincent and other newly elected executives were as well sworn- in.



The Chairman of the occasion and Vice-Chancellor, Plateau State University, PLASU, Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Izam, urged the newly elected executive members to create a social re-engineering and continue to defend the Izere culture, saying that the Izere youths would depend on them.


He cautioned that the expectation on you is very high, you cannot afford to fail. I’m happy the exco is truly a youth exco. I was 30 years old when I was the President of this movement. I hope you would create a platform where some of us can deliver lectures to add value to Izere nation.”




In his address, the outgoing Chairman of the group who was the immediate past Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Joshua Madaki said it has been a memorable five years sojourn for him and his executive members noting that the outgoing executives worked assiduously to reform the movement’s programmes.


“We created a platform where we invited all party candidates in the general elections for discussions. We also set-up a feedback mechanism where elected leaders and youths had the opportunity for serious engagement”.


“We mobilised members to clear the movement’s permanent site. He said that the monthly congress of AYM has improved significantly.


“We visited crisis-affected areas; renewed AYM registration; organised our annual festival; ensuring the cordial working relationship with Abuja and Lagos branches and built bridges of harmony with other ethnic nationalities” He concluded.



Goodwill messages came in from the new Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof Danladi Abok Atu, Jos North Local Government Chairman, Hon Dr Philip Nyam, Chairman of traditional leaders in Jos South LGA, and Afizere Community Development Chairman among others.


The occasion had in attendance, great sons and daughters of the Izere nation and other nationalities including the new Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof Danladi Abok Atu, Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Abok Ayuba, Member Representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives, Hon Dachung Bagos and his Jos North/Bassa counterpart, Hon Haruna Maitala, former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Joshua Izang Madaki, and Members Representing Jos North-North and Jos North-West in the Plateau State House of Assembly, and Hon Ibarahim Baba Hassan respectively.


Other dignitaries at the occasion were Chairmen, Jos North, and Jos East Local Government Areas, Hon Dr Philip Nyam and Hon Ibrahim Abok respectively, Hon Esther Dusu who served as the Chairlady, Hon Theresa Azi, Plateau State Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries, Traditional leaders and leaders of other ethnic nationalities among others.

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