From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
The annual traditional cultural festival, known as Khituk Gwong, celebrated by Gwong Community (Kagoma People) in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State has been fixed for Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Paramount ruler of the Community, His Royal Highness, Kpop Gwong II, Mr. Paul Zakka Wyom, made this known over the weekend, after concluding one of series of meetings with members of his traditional Council and executives of Gwong Development Association (GDA) at his palace, Fadan Kagoma.
The Kpop Gwong said the festival, which will be held at the Gwong Development Area Secretariat, opposite GSS. Fadan Kagoma, Kilometre 22 from either Kwoi or Kafanchan, would be graced by prominent dignitaries, including Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, the Special Guest of Honour and the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mal. Ahmed Nasir EL-Rufai, who would be Guest of Honour at the event.
According to him, others would include the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Right Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who will chair the occasion, while INEC Commissioner Benue State, Prof. Istifanus Dafwang, would be Guest Speaker.
The Royal father urged sons, daughters and friends of Gwong Community to support, cooperate and pray to facilitate the successful hosting of the festival.
Briefing the media on the festival’s arrangements, National President, Gwong Development Association (GDA), Prof. Casimir Emmanuel Gimba, disclosed that a central planning committee has been set up with over 50 members, under the chairmanship of Engineer Joseph Chiroma, whose preparations have reached advanced stage.
Explaining further on the level of preparations, Chiroma, the Central Planning Committee chairman, said his committee was divided into eight main and sub-committees, which were working round the clock to mobilise human, financial, material and logistic resources that would enhance a hitch-free and successful festival.
Chiroma said the festival, with the theme “The Importance of Fulfilling Political Promises in Promoting Good Governance and Political Stability: The Gwong Chiefdom Experience,” will feature cultural displays of dances, songs, mock hunting, from within and outside the community, aside a three-day crusade from February 29 to march 2, 2016, which will include prayers and fasting for the Community, Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State, Nigeria, those in leadership positions and against the challenges of corruption, insurgencies and social vices.
He said a gospel musical concert by gospel musicians from the Gwong Community will be held on the eve of the festival, Friday March 4, 2016.
Engineer Chiroma called on sons, daughters and friends of Gwong Community at home and in the Diaspora to give their support and cooperation financially and in prayers and fasting during the three days Crusade – February 29 to March 2, 2016 – for a successful and memorable festival.