The New Long Goemai of Shendam Presented with Staff of Office


The Goemai people of Plateau State have officially installed a new traditional ruler, the Long Goemai Miskom Martins Shaldas lll.

The new traditional ruler was presented with a first class staff of office by the State Governor, Barr. Simon Lalong at a colorful event held on Monday at the centenary ground, Shendam.

Speaking during the ceremony, the new Long Goemai called on the people to live peacefully with one another and to improve on the agricultural activities the Goemai people are known for.

Sheldas, who doubles as the Vice Chairman of Plateau State Traditional Council of Chiefs and Emirs, promised to do justice to all his subjects while being fair and firm.

The Long Goemai also used the occasion to confer traditional chieftaincy on Governors Lalong and Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State.

Miskoom Sheldas said he deemed it fit to commence his first assignment by conferring honorary traditional titles on the ‘two deserving governors’ based on their commitment and loyalty to the Gamai nation.

While Lalong was conferred as the Gwad-Gamai, which means shield of the Gamai people, Almakura was conferred as the Rin-Gamai, which means shed of the Gamai.

In his speech, Governor Lalong stressed that the Long Goemai was selected through a credible and acceptable traditional process devoid of external interference.

Also speaking, Governor Al-makura State prayed for wisdom and long life for the Long Goemai and the heart to carry all his people along.

Martins Shaldas is the younger brother of the late Long-Goemai, Miskoom Hubert Shaldas II who died last year.

Until his selection as the Long-Goemai, Shaldas was a senior civil servant with the Plateau State Government.