By Sammeni Kamsobbi
Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has challenged traditional institutions in the State to be ambassadors of tree planting in the environment to curtail the dangers associated with deforestation.Today, the Governor threw the challenge in his address at the 2023 Sinmilalama annual festival of Lunguda tradition.
The annual traditional festival of lunguda race Sinmilalama which held at the palace of Kwandi Nunguraya in Guyuk, brought together guests from all walks of life. The festival is a way of thanking God for expected bumper and bountiful harvest.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri represented by his Deputy, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta commended Kwandi Nunguraya Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda II for being a unifying factor by breaking barriers of disunity which has been in existence among the diverse people over the years. He reminded traditional rulers to be at the forefront of promoting afforestation for a greener and safer environment. Having said that Government remains committed to better the life of its citizens through various policies and programs, the Governor also drew the attention of the citizens, through the traditional chiefs to be mindful of the safety of their farm produce after harvest because times are hard.
The Kwandi Nunguraya, Kuruyaye Dishon Dansanda II acknowledged the support rendered to the Chiefdom by his counterparts, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and his people towards the realization of peace and unity of purpose in the area.
The Paramount ruler heaped praises on Governor Fintiri for his leadership disposition which has been the brain behind security and peace the chiefdom enjoys, expressing hope that Lunguda land will continue to experience unity in diversity, harmony and progress. He tasked Lunguda sons and daughters to always exhibit the spirit of Nunguraba first, there by promoting their cultural norms and values.
Earlier, the Chairman Guyuk Local Government Area, Solomon Abafaras expressed his joy and gratitude to his Excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and dignitaries that graced the Occasion. "Despite the current challenges people still find it worthy to celebrate the festival with us, we are grateful", he said. Solomon, noted that the Sinmilalama annual festival is important among Lunguda people, emphasizing its relevance to Lunguda society, it is rich in culture heritage and done in regards to expecting a bumper harvest and prayers against disaster.