Disunity hampering Nagas: Rio

Disunity hampering Nagas: Rio
Neiphiu Rio (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/1/2018 12:04:44 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Saturday lamented that division within the Naga society has adversely affected the state and for which he called upon the citizens to unite in order to move forward on all fronts.

Addressing the gathering at the 74th Khonoma Rüffüno anniversary celebration at Terhotsiese Khonoma, Rio recalled that in the olden days, Nagas were good at warfare, but they maintained unity and oneness.

However, currently unity among the Nagas was missing and because of which the people were lagging behind, he reiterated. 

He said the sense of oneness and unity among Nagas would make the society move forward along with the rest of the world. Rio reminded the gathering that through unity the state can achieve and bring many developments.

Rio also appreciated the Khonoma and Poilwa villages for agreeing to supply water for augmentation in the state capital. He said the government has been making plans on how to bring resources to implement this project, which will not only benefit the people, but also enable Kohima city to flourish. 

Rio disclosed that the government was also finding ways to let the villages that provide water to benefit from the government. He reminded the gathering to be a Smart City, the state capital needed water.

Stressing on the need for infrastructure development in the state, Rio lamented that land ownership issue was the main stumbling block to development. Rio said FCI godown in each district was required, but due to land issue, the state could not construct FCI godowns. Chief Minister said his government was giving priority to make the roads better in the state.

Emphasizing on the need to effectively enforce inner line permit (ILP) and check influx of illegal immigrants, chief minister sought the support and cooperation of individuals, community, organizations etc. He said that the state government mechanism alone cannot implement it effectively. 

To allow progress in the society, Rio said Nagas needed to inculcate work culture. “Due to our laziness many labourers are brought in to work for us, doing our works and we have remained unemployed in our own land,” he said. The chief minister said that if Nagas were genuinely ready to do their own work and then they should take over such jobs instead of depending on others.

Stating that Khonoma village has produced many good leaders, intellectuals, politicians, missionaries etc, and pioneers among Nagas, he urged the people of Khonoma to take the lead in bringing unity among the Nagas. 

Renowned social activist Niketu Iralu also addressed the gathering.

The programme was chaired by Khonoma Riiffiino Nagaland president Huzo Meru, invocation prayer was given by Baptist church Khonoma pastor Rev. Tsolie Chase, Khonoma village council chairman Nisamezo Pier extended greetings, folk song was presented by Megoriizo Chase and Vipiahu Chiicha, special presented by Vimeneno Chiicha, elderly blessing done by village elder Kovor Kuotsu, vote of thanks was proposed by Khonoma nature conservation president Khriekhoto Mor and closing prayer by Parish priest Khonoma Rev. Fr. Dr. Solomon Vizo.  

Programme was attended by NLA speaker Er. Vikho Yhoshu and  legislators of Kohima district,  Khonoma villagers and others. 

It may be mentioned that Khonoma Riiffiino formed in the later part of 1944 conceptualized by some enlightened luminaries who have been exposed to advanced countries and far-off land in pursuit of trade and commercial activities.


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