State

Kumlong ward celebrates 50th anniversary

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/8/2019 11:48:50 AM IST

Kumlong ward, one of the oldest and most populous wards in Mokokchung town, celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Mayangnokcha Government Higher Secondary School auditorium with minister for Rural Development Metsubo Jamir as the special guest on October 8. 

A press release from Kumlong ward goldern jubilee planning committee member, Longrangty Longchar stated that, Metsubo Jamir, while speaking at the programme, said that a ward/colony is like a village, formed by people from different communities and backgrounds. He said that the ward celebrating its golden jubilee was an immense blessing from God as there were many people, especially the youths from the ward who have immensely achieved greatly in the state and also in the national level. 

Paying rich tribute to the pioneers of the colony, the minister said that earliest settlers, six families who were also honoured with certificates at the programme might have deeply prayed to God to bless the area, as the present generation is reaping the great blessings from God. He also urged the people not to take the jubilee lightly, but to honour the past and also take it as a moment to forgive any past mistakes. He further said that the people should take the jubilee as a time to ask for more God’s blessings and guidance so that the citizens of Kumlong Ward would excel ever more in the days to come. 

The main speaker at the programme, retired principal and educationist, Akok Walling, said that Kumlong was one of the most peaceful ward but said that there were many works to be done in the colony. He particularly regretted that Kumlong Ward, which has the highest voters in the Mokokchung town constituency, still does not have community hall. 

While dwelling on the theme “Tsungchi mera”, he said that a colony represents the harmonious coexistence of communities where each community brings its own roots and identity. 

Therefore, he cautioned that while moving ahead with the change of time, “the form and structure” of past traditional practices might be done away with, but there was also a danger of throwing away the content or philosophy along with it which will make the people lose their identity. 

Also, while envisioning the future twenty five years from now, Walling urged the residents of the colony to have an urban mindset and urban thinking, understanding and rationality so that the colony and the town would progress more in the years to come. 

Meanwhile, a two-point jubilee resolution was also adopted where it was resolved that a multipurpose sports stadium would be built within 10 years; it was also resolved to conserve the environment and undertake a peoples movement on cleanliness so that Kumlong Ward would become an exemplary ward in the town. 

A minute of silence in honour of the departed souls was also observed while the pastor of Kumlong Baptist Church Rev. I Lima Jamir invoked God’s blessings. 

Chairman of the Kumlong Ward Council, S Lanu Imchen welcomed the gathering. Short speeches were also delivered by the chairman of Mongsenbai Ward Temjensangba Longkumer; the president of All Ward Union Mokokchung, R Ayim Longkumer and the tatar of Ungma Village Council, Imtitongba. 

The ward council members presented a traditional song while the Watsu unit of Kumlong ward presented a special song. A souvenir book was also released by the special guest on the occasion. 

Apart from the citizens of the colony, representatives from other colonies, All Ward Union Mokokchung, Ungma village council, Ao Senden, district administration officials and others participated in the jubilee celebration.

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