The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial district, Abba Moro, on Saturday bagged a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ongoing Idoma International Carnival.
Senator Moro was honured by the organisers of the acclaimed biggest street party in the north of the Niger for his giant strides in public service as well as his love and support for the culture and tradition of the Idoma nation.
The lawmaker who was the Chief Host of the event, was decorated with a Lifetime Achievement Medal.
Speaking shortly after his decoration, Senator Moro said he was greatly honoured by the recognition. He thanked the organizers of the Carnival for the award and said he was greatly encouraged to continue to work for his people. He promised never to look back.
Commenting on the carnival, Senator Moro said a people without a past are no people, saying the only way “we can keep in touch given the dynamism of the changes in our society is through the instrumentality of this type of carnival we are witnessing today”.
The senator enjoined everyone to join hands with the founder of Idoma International Carnival, Prince Edwin Ochai to build the Idoma nation.
Speaking further, Senator Moro lamented the state of the eight kilometres Otukpo township road which is in a state of total collapse.
He also expressed displeasure over the growing insecurity in his senatorial zone saying that the development is hindering development in the area.
He lamented that the state of Otukpo road has become an embarrassment to the people of Benue South considering the length of time it has taken to fix it.
“Look at this stretch of road, eight kilometres from the General Hospital to the roundabout, for crying out loud is too much of a corporate social responsibility of a company that has benefitted from our sweat, the answer is no.
“I am sure that if you are from Oju, you will not travel tonight. I am sure if you are from Ogbadibo you will not travel back tonight. Only a few hours ago, some people from Agatu told me that they had to go home because their road had become dangerous and so all the challenges were before us.
“The time has come where we have to take our destiny into our hands. If the police and the security agencies cannot provide security for us, do we fold our hands and get ourselves killed without asking questions and without reacting?
“The time has come when we have to rise up to the occasion. Join hands with well-meaning persons and cut off the problems that we have that manifestly that our leaders and I am sorry, I am part of it, have to solve,” Moro said.