Professor, Ukertor Gabriel Moti has bagged the Tiv Youth Organization (TYO) Abuja Chapter Leadership Award as an “Outstanding Role Model” to the Tiv Nation and Nigeria.
Professor Moti is a renowned Prof. of Public Sector Management and Governance and an International Leadership Expert. He is an international speaker and trainer.
He bagged the award at the TYO End of Year Lecture/Award Night held on the 25th of November, 2023. He was awarded the based on his selfless service to the Tiv Nation, especially his free mentorships to the Tiv Youths.
Prof. Moti also doubled as the guest lecturer at the event where he spoke on the critical topic: “Internal Displacement: Impact on Food Security, National Security, and Unity.”
Also awarded at the event was Dr. Terna Hemba, the CEO NEZAM Nigeria Limited, a foremost transportation and logistics company in Africa. He was awarded the “Pillar of Tiv Youth/Hall of Fame Award” for creating huge job opportunities for Benue youths and other Nigerians.
Chief Gabrial Gbayan, bagged the “Leadership Impact Award” for providing direction to Tiv Youths at the federal level and he also doubled as the Chairman of the occasion.
Renowned Aeronautical Engineer, Mr. Bitacy Jirgba bagged the “The Pillar of Tiv Youths Award” for his mentorship to Tiv Youths whilst Dr. James Odaudu, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) was honoured with the “Leadership Impact Award and Friend to the Tiv Youth” award for his support to the Tiv youths over the years.
Other distinguished awardees included; Chief Patrick Abe, who was awarded the “Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to the Tiv Youths” for facilitating huge employment for Tiv youths, Mr. Keneth Yawe, who was awarded the “Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to the Tiv Youths” for his rising profile in the private sector, and Mr. Lazarus Apir, a development expert who also got the “Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to the Tiv Youths” for inspiring the Tiv youths.
Chief Joseph Har, the Chief Security Adviser to the Benue State Governor, also bagged the “Leadership Impact Award” for his focused leadership over the years. The “Outstanding Community Service Award” went to Comr. Orshi Philips, the TYO Board of Trustee Chairman, the “Excellent Service Award” went to Hon. Yila A. Stephen, another TYO BOT Chairman, and the “Excellent Service Award” went to Comr. Tersoo S. Orbunde,
The “Outstanding Humanitarian Award” went to a renounced journalist and philanthropist. Dr. Sunday Odita; “The Golden Voice of Tiv Youths Award” went to Mr. Tersoo Zamber of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the “Virtues Mother of Tiv Youths Award to Chief Mrs. De Mnguzamber Elizabeth.
The “Emancipator of Tiv Youths Award” To Mrs. Phoebe Dooshima Awange, a philanthropist and advocacy exert whilst the “Excellence Award in Public Service” was received by Major NE Essien, the “Outstanding Leadership/Friend of Tiv Youths Award” to Hon. Arch. Michael Dagami Jigo,
The “Outstanding Role Model Award” was received by Prof. Shimawua Atimga and the “Outstanding Humanitarian Award” went to Mr. Kangeh Anengeh Cephas.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Gabriel Gbayan in his opening speech at the event enjoined members of the Association to be united and focused towards achieving their mandate.
He also enjoined all Tiv sons and daughters in FCT and beyond to rally around the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in prayers and other supports to enable him to succeed.
In his response to the award the association bestowed on him, he fully dedicated the award to SGF as a rallying point of the Tiv.
He charged the Tiv nation to further encourage him to contribute more positively in the Tinubu administration.
Earlier in his paper, Prof. Moti submitted that the “link between displacement and conflict in Nigeria is evident and has strong underlying development deficits.”
He further stated that “the effective management of displacement is a critical factor in the enhancement of human development and the reduction of conflict, disasters, poverty, and insecurity. Although displacement in Nigeria has been happening for a long time, it has only recently been brought to the fore with the crisis in the northeast due to the massive numbers, forcing both local and international actors to think differently and take measures towards addressing it in a sustainable manner.”
Thus, “the protection of IDPs in the country ultimately requires seeking durable solutions to address the challenges they face” he said.
In his speech, the President of TYO, Chief Saater Undu Joseph said the Government should create a safe environment for our people to return home and be given financial support to build their houses in their various ancestral lands.
“This is our position. No cluster homes for our people. Rather, the Government should chase the invading armed herdsmen away and allow our people to return back home” he said.