Rio urges youth to shed nature of dependency

Rio urges youth to shed nature of dependency
Neiphiu Rio speaking at the NAYO silver jubilee. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/5/2018 12:03:46 PM IST

Reiterating the importance of hard work and dignity of labour, the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, Wednesday urged the youth to do away with the nature of dependency and contribute to the growth of the state’s economy by working with one’s intelligence and skills.

Rio said this while addressing silver jubilee celebration of the Northern Angami Youth Organisation (NAYO) cum stone pulling ceremony coinciding with Hornbill Festival at Northern Angami Centre, Chiephobozou village as the chief host.

The chief minister said the youth, who were a key component of a society and leaders of tomorrow, have responsibility to serve the society. He maintained that youth as the backbone of the society should live an exemplary lives having strong character and integrity.

Stating that the strength of youth represents the strength and position of a society, the chief minister further urged the youth to utilise their strength, creativity, intelligence and skills to serve the society and make a difference for a better future. 

Reiterating on the need for unity and peace among the Nagas, Rio expressed concern over the fragmented and divisions both among the over ground and underground, which has seeped down even to the various organisations and tribes. 

Stating that there were ups and downs in the journey of life, the chief minister, however, said that when there was unity and obedience among the people, the society can overcome any hurdles and obstacles. Rio emphasized that the youth of today must imbibe the good values of ancestors for posterity. Further, he advised the youth to live life with with positive thoughts and minds, which would enable them to achieve great things in life and impact not only their respective clans and tribes but the Naga society as a whole.

Citing the effect of climate change and global warming, he also urged the youth to protect and preserve mother earth by adopting behavioural and attitudinal change in their lives, thereby lessening the burden of environmental problems.

Khriehu Liezietsu, MLA, who graced the event as co-host, in his address, saluted and expressed gratitude to the pioneers and founding members of the organization. He reminded that jubilee was a time to retrospect and to rectify if any mistake committed in the past. Liezietsu also maintained that jubilee was a time to forgive one another and introspect for better future with the sense of unity and understanding.

NAYO’s first president, Prasilie Pienyu, who spoke on the occasion, also stressed on the importance of youth and said that they were the backbone of the society. He said the role of the youth in this modern and fast changing world was very important to shape the society for better. 

Pienyu encouraged the youth members to maintain unity and understanding in future also.

Northern Angami Public Organisation (NAPO) president, Neiyalie Pfusenuo, in his address, expressed gratitude to chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the state government for making stone pulling ceremony as part of the Hornbill Festival.

Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) president Neinguvotuo Krose acknowledged the pioneers, past and present leaders for their contribution towards the organization in spite of the various challenges and difficulties they faced.

He reminded the enormous responsibilities of today’s youth for welfare of “our people” besides protecting “our people and land” and also the importance of environment protection preservation of “our unique culture and tradition.”

Earlier, the chief minister unveiled the jubilee monolith.

After the formal function, there was traditional stone pulling ceremony. Thousands of people in their colourful traditional attire pulled the stone from Chiechama village to Chiephobouzou village, a distance of about three and a half km. The occasion was graced by union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons as special guest and attended by a host of Nagaland ministers and advisors. 

The stone measured approximately 18 feet long, 4 feet wide, 2 feet thick and weighed some thousands kg.


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