Presenting a paper entitled: ‘Towards Unity and Peaceful Coexistence of the Igala in the 21st Century: The Challenges and Projection’, Omachonu said that unity and peaceful co-existence of the Igala in an ever changing world is indispensable for development.
He said the Igala are known to be of exemplary behavior, adding that they must extend this fellowship to their neighbours anywhere they are because peace is paramount for progress.
He noted that “unity and peaceful co-existence that was once a common feature among the Igala is now disappearing,’’ and urged them to imbibe the core values and practices of being our brother’s keeper, stressing that “for the Igala, the saying ‘udama che ukpahiu’ ‘unity is strength’ should be our watchword.”
In his contribution, Dr. S.A. Aruwa, Dean of the Faculty of Administration, commended the positive attitude of Igala students at the Nasarawa State University toward their studies, and the rules and regulations of the school.
He advised the students to continue to conduct themselves to promote the image of the Igala and frowned at the behaviour of students who shied away from the association but turned to it when they are in difficulty.
At the event, there was a representation of Ata-Igala and Inikpi (Oma-Utedo Attah) with a full traditional regalia depicting the presence of King and Queen.
Entertainers from Ankpa called ‘Ogani’ added glamour to the occasion as they thrilled the audience. Various ethnic groups also showcased their cultural dances.
The occasion also witnessed the launching of ISA 2012/2014 almanac and presentation of awards.
Ocheme is a 300-level Mass Communication student of NSUK