The Academic Committee to Mark 10th Year Remembrance of Late Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu has called on the general public to participate in the  National Symposium to mark 10th Year Memorial (2005 – 2015) of Late Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu, the Second


Executive Governor of Benue State;
Date: November, 18th – 20th 2015
Venue: College of Health Sciences Auditorium, Benue State University, Makurdi

Late Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu was born on 12 June 1945 at Mbaamena, near Awajir in Shangev-Tiev District of Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. He studied at St. James Junior Seminary Keffi (1966–1968). He then attended St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, an affiliate of the Propaganda Fide Uni Rome, (1969–1972), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Divinity. Later he studied at St. John’s University, New York (1975–1976), earning an M.A. degree, and then at Catholic University of America, Washington DC (1976–1978) where he gained a Masters of Religious Education. Fr. Adasu was elected the second Executive Governor of Benue State on 2 January 1992 under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He left office after the military coup in November 1993 when General Sani Abacha seized power in a military coup. Before he left, Adasu made positive impact on the development of Benue State during his almost two-year tenure. Among several other achievements, he founded Benue State University on 27 December 1991. He reactivated and upgraded the College of Education, Oju. He conceived the concept of the Tarka Foundation, named after Senator Joseph Sarwuan Tarka. Other projects that he started included BENCO roof tile, and the K/Ala fruit juice company.
Adasu’s political philosophy was clearly stated when he said that politics is not a dirty game, but those who are in it for selfish reasons make it dirty. He said I Am in Politics to Baptise Politics and Make it Pure. Adasu died on the 20th November, 2005.
This event is organized to mark ten years memorial of the death of late. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu and aims to bring scholars from different disciplinary angles (including, but not limited to History, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Media and Communication, Modern Languages, and English) into productive dialogue with one another on politics and development particularly in Benue State. We invite contributors to submit well researched abstracts to cover but not restricted to the following sub-themes to be discussed on are as follows:
● Late Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu: History and Philosophy; 1945 – 2005
● Politics and Development in Benue State: Ideology and Theoretical Analysis
● Party Politics and Governance in Benue State
● Democracy and the Politics of Cabinet Appointments in Benue State
● Democracy and Good Governance in Benue State
● The Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary and Democratic Governance in Benue State
● Religion, the Clergy and Politics in Benue State
● The Role of the Church and Christians in the Politics of Benue State
● The Media and Politics in Benue State
● Women and Political Participation in Benue State
● Local Government Administration and Politics in Benue State
● Democratic Governance and Education in Benue State
● Democracy and Economic Development in Benue State
● Ethnicity and Politics in Benue State
● Godfatherism and Politics in Benue State
● People Personality and Politics in Benue State
● State and Entrepreneurship Development in Benue State
Lead Speakers
Zacharys Gundu, PhD
Department of Archaeology
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State

Terhemba Wuam, PhD
Department of History and International Studies
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai
Niger State

Venue: Auditorium of the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi
Time: 10:00am Daily
Important Dates:
18th November, 2015 – Arrival/Early Registration
19th November, 2015 – Opening Ceremony/Lead Paper/Biographical Presentations
20th November, 2015 – Paper Presentations/Closing Ceremony/Dinner
21st November, 2015 – Departure
Symposium Advisers:
Hon. Stephen Tsav
Dr. Ukertor Gabriel Moti
Hon. Sabastian Agbinda

Symposium Organizing Committee:
John Tor Tsuwa, PhD
Department of Political Science
Benue State University, Makurdi

Elijah Terdoo Ikpanor
Department of History
Benue State University, Makurdi

Shadrach Teryila Ukuma
Department of Theatre Arts
Benue State University, Makurdi


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