The Principal Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Tahav Agerzua, recently inaugurated the interim executive committee of the Tiv Traditional Singers Association.
Performing the ceremony at Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area, Mr Agerzua, who is the Principal Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism, urged the artistes to live up to their responsibility of educating and entertaining the people.
He stated that the most serious challenge confronting the Tiv people these days was insecurity and appealed to them to beam their focus on the issue in their songs.
The principal special assistant recalled the advocacy role the older generation of artistes played in several spheres including education, health and politics. He urged contemporary Tiv singers to copy from such template.
Mr Agerzua noted that a group of people have declared publicly that their agenda was to conquer and occupy the Benue Valley and urged the artistes to sensitize the Tiv people to resist such agenda as their forefathers had done.
The interim President, Solomon Iornem, JP, expressed appreciation to his colleagues for giving him the privilege to serve as their leader.
He solicited cooperation to deliver on the mandate of the interim committee which will serve for six months until substantive elections would be held in October, 2021.
Others elected were Victor Mper, Vice President, Akwashi Uyegher, General Secretary, Aso Mbadam, Assistant Secretary, Gabon Akuhe, Treasurer, Terdue Tyokule, Financial Secretary, Timothy Hemba, PRO 1, and Vashir Shishi, PRO 2.
Moses Agasha Gyagu was elected Auditor 2, Victor Uhura, Director of Socials 1, Ternenge Uke, Director of Socials 2, John Ioryina Mbaiorga, Legal Adviser 1, Terkura Ikyumbur, Legal Adviser 2, Abughdyer No 2, Patron and Anthonia Dagba, Matron.