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Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

Esan Journalists Forum to hold two-day summit in Edo

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From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos

 Esan Journalists Forum, made up of journalists, writers and publishers from Edo Central Senatorial District, has announced its plan to have a two-day Esan summit at Nova Hotel, Uromi, Edo State.

According to the co-coordinator of the forum Timothy Okojie-Ave, the association borne with the aim of prosecuting the task of building an Esan nation that is economically prosperous, politically vibrant and culturally dynamic,stressed that there is no better time than now for the Esan nation to take its rightful position in the comity of nations for its economic future on a pragmatic basis.

He posited that the summit seeks to lift from the dust heaps of valuable, workable materials, reports and proposals, and shape them into acceptable practical proposition for immediate implementation in order to physically develop and improve the lot of the Esan people.

Speaking further, he said the Esan nation, is divinely blessed with abundant raw materials and enormous human resources that need to be harnessed for its optimal benefit. He revealed that the theme of the two day summit is “The Future of Esan nation: Reasons to be hopeful,” and stressed that it will draw participants that includes prominent sons and daughters of Esan land from all parts of the country.

He said “we are worried about the evident economic and political exclusion that we suffer in Esan land. We have extensively surveyed the root cause of these circumstances and found out that though external factors contribute a great deal, the internal elements negative contributions are also of great concern.”

On the modalities put in place at achieving the lofty idea, Timothy said the body has begun courtesy visits to prominent sons and daughters of Esan land to sensitize them on the reasons for the convocation of the summit noting that other issues that will be discussed at the meeting will include the non-exploitation and exploration of natural resources; rural-to-urban migration; new negative social habits, poor educational development and technological backwardness, harvest of conflicts with one another, divide – and – rule tactics among other issues.

“I foresee an end to inventory of poverty amidst a plethora of resources in Esan land. After the end of the two days summit”, a visibly hopeful Timothy enthused.


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