The Jenjo Community in Lau LGA of Taraba state, honoured its sons with awards of excellence for their selfless services to humanity and respective contributions towards the upliftment of their people through various businesses and philanthropic works.
These awards were given to the Commissioner for water resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gawon, Majority Leader (TSHA), Hon. Joseph Albassu Alkinjo and Hon.Charles Maijankai, during a reception programme held in honour of the Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant appointed by the executive Governor of Taraba state.
Speaking at the event, the Governor who spoke through the Honorable Commissioner for water resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gawon said his government will support the people living along the river bank, through irrigation farming during the dry season to avoid losses occasioned by yearly flooding along the river banks, destroying their crops/farmlands.
He called on the people to tolerate each other and live in peace, as well as appreciated the people for coming out en masse to vote for him at the last general elections, urging them to remain united and support the government of the day.
He further thanked the organizers of the programme for showing appreciation of the appointments given to them by His Excellency.
Also speaking, the guest speaker of the occasion, the Emir of Mutum-biyu, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Sani Duna who stated that he was proud to be a Jenjo man, as well as a son and grandson of a Jenjo men, called on the Jenjo race to work in unity in order to enhance development.
The Emir also charged the community not to allow religion, politics and kingship disintegrate them but rather draw a line between religion and tribe, be free to belong to any political party without fear or rancour as well as respect whoever is chosen to lead them.
He further urged political leaders within the Jenjo Nation to work hard at uniting the people over issues or problems affecting its members or groups.
Speaking earlier, the Ivah of Jen, Alh. Ismail Agwaru, who spoke on behalf of the community, appealed to the government to come to their aid concerning flood issues in the area, which makes farming a nightmare and also the aspect of access road which poses a great challenge for them.