By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Ngas speaking people of Plateau state have said it will not allow it culture, language and tradition go into extinct.
President, Ngas Development Association Nde Gonen Gofwen stated this on Monday, in Jos, when he and team of Ngas elders addressed a pres conference to herald the 2019 Pusdung festival, an annual cultural festival of the Ngas people of Plateau state.
It is on notice that Pusdung festival, do bring together Ngas people in diaspora home each yea, irrespective of education and political differences, to celebrate reach culture of their forefathers.
The Ngas President said the 2019 Pusdung festival is set for educational endowment fund, for Ngas students, to help pursue their educational career, particularly those who has financial challenges to further their education.
“We are celebrating PUSDUNG 2019 with a theme: Educational Transformation in Ngasland: Imperative for Accelerated Development. Those who know our station concerning this issue may know that it is apt for our current situation, and that is why we are passionate to bring an end to the problem.”
He sue for participation of other ethnic group during this year Pusdung national festival “I am sure the Ngas people as well as other tribes could help stimulate this drive, as we are willing to up the tempo of the cultural extravaganza. Over the years, there has been an increase in the quantum of human traffic to Pankshin for the purpose of the festival. We are aware that businesses benefit in great deal due largely to this same number of visitors.”
The Ngas national President added that “I wish to assure you that we have lined up the best of activities for the entertainment of our visitors. The PUSDUNG will continue to improve with each passing year.
Nde Gofwen recall that the Ngas festival is set to showcase Plateau state as the truly, “the home of peace and tourism.”
“PUSDUNG has, over the years, added colour and character to the calendar of the state’s quest to rise above the slogan: Home of Peace and Tourism to a truly tourist destination. We have continued to make it come to reality as well as other cultural festivals being held in the State. The PUSDUNG cultural festival has been a purveyor of all that the State needs to actualize the dream, even as we are aware of the declaration of a state of emergency on this sector by the Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s administration.”
He said, under his leadership as President Ngas Development Association, the annual cultural festival shall also exposed business potentials among Ngas people, for other ethnic nationals of Plateau state as well as the state government to harness.
“The novel idea would no doubt stimulate development and the capacities of those who have participated. Some of the best business strategists are on the panel that would discuss the theme: The Economy of Ngas land: How do we move forward?We made the right choices knowing the value they have always added over the years. They are going to add more value to budding entrepreneurs in the land, who will tomorrow be the signposts for business development,” he said.
It was learnt that the 2019 Pusdung celebration marked it 31st edition, and has not recorded any major casualty; our reporter gathered that there is a high power security in place to secure people and property during the festivity.