Friday, July 1, 2022

Unresolved Naga issue impeding devp: Rio

Staff Reporter

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the unresolved Naga political issue had impeded development and resulted in failing to attract investment to the State.
The chief minister said while inaugurating the Medziphema City Centre (MCC) and Community Centre at Medziphema on Friday.
Noting that extortion and violence were putting a huge cost on the society, Rio also called for unity among all stakeholders, especially those currently involved in the peace process.
He cautioned that revolution and wealth did not go together as money would corrupt the revolutionaries.
Rio also asked Nagas to speak out whether they wanted the Naga movement to be non-violent or otherwise.
On the construction of the new MCC and Community Centre at Medziphema, Rio acknowledged the Municipal Affairs Department (MAD) for construction of the projects and also appreciating the contractor for carrying out quality work.
He expressed the hope that the centres would contribute to Medziphema’s growth and development and also assured of further assistance from the State government.
Rio also lamented that though the State government had constructed many such structures, many of these were not always built properly and seldom maintained with care. He said quality of work depended on the department, sincerity of the contractor and vigilance of the citizens.
Rio pointed out that if the local community failed to utilise or maintain the buildings properly and built at huge costs, then it will be a huge wastage.
“The leaders and citizens have to take this responsibility,” he said.
Referring to poor road conditions in Medziphema sub division, Rio informed the gathering that he had already sanctioned Rs 1 crore for improving roads and further promised additional Rs 2.5 crore for betterment of roads in the town.
Sericulture, Excise & Minority Affairs adviser Zhaleo Rio, who is also the local MLA, acknowledged the contribution of the chief minister for allocating funds for projects and appreciated the MAD and contractor for successfully completing the construction of the two centres.
Zhaleo suggested that some rooms be allocated to some unions free of rent and urged the department to work on this. He also suggested that the space available outside the centre be given for use to local vendors to sell their local products. He also highlighted various problems of the constituency like bad roads, non-availability of water, etc, before the chief minister.
Delivering a short speech, Urban Development &Municipal Affairs adviser Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire narrated various departmental activities. He said the centre was for the benefit of all sections of people. He said agreements would have to be made for allocation of rooms and types of business to be set up.
He appealed to the people to utilise the building properly and take good care of it.
The programme was chaired by Municipal Affairs joint secretary T Nchumbemo Odyuo and dedicatory prayer offered by pastor, BC’A’MT, Rev Zhabu Terhuja, while invocation was offered by KBCM pastor Janggin Haokip.
Short speeches were also delivered by Medziphema village chairman, Metsilhukho Kuotsu and president MTMK, Akhotuo Kuotsu, while technical report was read out by Municipal Affairs executive engineer Theruovituo Pienyü.
Highlights of the programme included song of praises by Medziphema Village BKK and special song by Medziphema Area CRC Youth, while vote of thanks was delivered by additional director of Municipal Affairs A Chenithung Lotha.
PHE minister Jacob Zhimomi; Azheto Zhimomi, MLA and host of senior officials and local leaders attended the programme.


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