WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAUSDA , Dr. Mike Ewah,
AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION IN HOUSTON TEXAS,
AUGUST 12TH – 14TH, 2016.
PRESIDENT OF NAUSDA, Dr. Mike Ewah.
Mr. Vice-President, The Honorable Members of the Executives, Distinguished guests, The General Assembly of NAUSDA, USA, ladies and gentlemen.
I am most grateful to have this opportunity to address this great body on this fifth biannual convention of NAUSDA. Ladies and gentlemen our Association is very strong. We must be proud and thankful for the work we have done in this short period of time of our existence. Each Son or daughter of NAUSDA has multiple missions, two of which are; a personal and social responsibility to NAUSDA and this will be elaborated as I progressed in this speech. We also, have joint responsibility as members of NAUSDA, which is to enable NAUSDA by our actions, to grow as an organization of character. We are the face of our people. We are called to defend and preserve the dignity of our fellow Uromi citizens in a tireless and demanding pursuit of common good; for this is the main aim of our Association. NAUSDA will endure, when it seeks, aim to satisfy shared needs of our people by stimulating the growth of all our membership, especially those of us susceptible to greater risk of infliction. Our actions have always been based on care of our people. For this is our calling; for those of us, who agreed to participate in our efforts to change the status quo and make life better for all, to you, I say thank you.
Our works thus far reflect nobility directly to God and consequently, to the transcendent dignity of our people as human beings. Our measly sensibility to act will transcend future generations and change our civic responsibility that God is on every NAUSDIAN’s face and the courage to consider our community’s neighbors as ourselves IS A REMARKABLE GESTURE.NAUSDA, USA has delivered for UROMI GOODNESS: We have provided portable water to Uromi general hospital. We have provided medical equipment to all hospitals and community health centers in Uromi worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ladies and gentlemen we have done well! Today I would like not only to address you- NAUSDA, but I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with all in attendance of this convention who have worked hard to bring FOOD home to his or her family, to save money and one step at a time, build a better life for their families and take time out to serve the community too. You are the men and women who are not concerned simply by your immediate family only, but in your own, quiet-way sustained the life of society, in this case, UROMI in general. You have generated solidarity by your actions, and you have created an organization like NAUSDA, which offer a helping hand to those most in need. I say, Thank you.
I would also like to thank our members’ the NAUSDA members and their willingness to act, share their stories and their insights to NAUSDA. To them, we own our thanks. All the NAUSDIANS who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations through NAUSDA ORGANIZATION, who are not led astray by innuendos, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity of other adults in a position of leadership, get caught up and be distracted; I wish to dialogue with all of you, and I would like to do so through NAUSDA membership for togetherness; we can succeed and thereby learn the history of our people. Come and join with us in NAUSDA, USA. We have forged alliance with Uromi citizens of character that join with us in spite of our young history but trusted us enough to join our struggle. NAUSDA has offered us a way of seeing and interpreting reality. In honoring NAUSDA initiatives we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day, to draw upon our deepest Uromi cultural reserves, which renewed us and make our outlook brighter, you have done the right thing, and I thank you. I would like to mention few of these Uromians: Our Zaiky-the Onojie of Uromi, House representative Hon. Ogun, former House representative Hon. Itula,, Chief Idemudia, Dr/Mrs. Peter Okojie, Dr. Mike Onolememen –the Adolor of Uromi, Mr.Cyprian Imonbhio, Ms. Agatha Okojie, Hon Commissioner Joe Okojie, Mrs. Etiobhio Odion, Dr Mike Ayewoh, Mr. Adams Ebhomienlen, Engineer Michael Eboigbe, Mr. Anthony Akuete, Deacon Illionele Okojie, Mr. Anthony Adenore, Dr. Margaret Okoduwa-Ajebola, Mr. Tony Ehimen, Mr. Ben Etiobhio, My honorable executives and the men and women of NAUSDA members that stand faithful, the BOTS. To all of you, I say, thank you. Building a future good for all require love of all and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiary and solidarity.
All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the forgetfulness of our people at home and the marginal living of members here in the USA. Our home country is increasingly a place of greed, and this greed is committed even by the name of serving the people. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether it is created for us or not. We must be ready to be the Red Cross and apply the bandage. A delicate balance is required to combat inaptness of the best of us, create an ideology to soften the wounds of the wounded, while also safeguarding health freedom, intellectual freedom (education) therefore, building for tomorrow. The contemporary society of Uromians, with its open hardships which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization, which would divide us and turn it into a front that will embrace us and provide the bridge for us.
This is where NAUSDA is and is doing to fill the void using the collective power of the people. Brothers and sisters we must support NAUSDA agenda. Just like NAUSDA today, societies like USA, Britain, France and Canada were formed and born. That is something we as people, must get behind to rehabilitate our community. Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. We are asked to summon up courage and the intelligence to resolve today's much health, economic inequality at Uromi and the sustainability of our children here in USA. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, and maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of Uromi peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, cooperating for the common good.
The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much well throughout thehistory we know, which captured our imagination. The challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience, we can duplicate successes where ever they may have happened and give hope to our coming generations. This call must be answered because we owe our children that much to set their lives on a solid path. The theme for this year, convention is, KNOWLEDGE IS PRICELESS POWER. It is our duty to do all we can together to build a better tomorrow for our future generations.
Brothers and sisters, I want to thank you once again for this rear opportunity to speak to you and please join us to fight the fight. God bless you and the citizens of Uromi kingdom. God blessed America.
Dr. Michael Oyamienlen Ewah
National President, NAUSDA.USA.