Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton has asked all the Nagas for unity irrespective of the geographical and linguistic differences and said brothers from Eastern Nagaland can lead the way and show the rest of the Nagas about unity and common brotherhood at such trying times.
Speaking at the 25 years jubilee celebration of Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD) at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC) Stadium on Saturday, Patton said it is imperative that Nagas come together and speak in one united voice and as a family.
He said the jubilee is an opportune occasion for him to make his sincere appeal to all Naga people to set aside differences and come together in unity for the common interest of Nagas.
“I also believe that there are some areas that need special attention and our Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) Area is also one of those. Together, we can develop our ENPO areas at par with the rest of the state on all fronts,” he said.
Towards this end, Patton urged all government officers posted in the eastern areas to pledge commitment and not to consider their posting in Eastern Nagaland as a “punishment” but an opportunity to serve and uplift the people.
The Deputy CM said the Eastern Nagaland people have 20 legislators and that if every legislator adopt two villages each during their five-year tenure, and ensure that developmental activities and programmes under various departments are carried out in all sincerity, then 20 model villages would emerge in Eastern Nagaland every two and half years.