by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Over 18 communities have been displaced in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state as a result of perennial crises and invasion of area by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the President of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, Hon. Jonathan Asake, has revealed.
Hon. Asake disclosed this on Saturday, while distributing food items as palliative to the to over 200 vulnerable members due to lockdown orchestrated by Covid-19 pandemic.
The SOKAPU president said the food items, which were donated to the Union by spirited individuals, would be extended to the displaced members in the 18 communities, orphanages and other IDPs, who are facing tough times due to food shortages due to lockdown challenges.
He said, while they appreciated the efforts made by various faith-based organizations, NGOs, CSOs, governments and other corporate organizations toward providing palliatives for members during the lockdown, “SOKAPU tasked her members to contribute for the vulnerable members because of hardship and tough times brought about by the lockdown.”
Asake revealed that, among those he mentioned as donors are: former Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yukubu Dogara, and Senator representing Kaduna South, Sen. Danjuma La’ah. These prominent individuals contributed food material, while cash of N3.5 million has so far been donated through a fund-raising committee constituted by the Union.
According to the SOKAPU president, “While the donations are still in progress, the over 200 beneficiaries, including Muslims, are said to be the first batch as more beneficiaries are still going to enjoy the palliative.”
Conscience Triumph observed that, food items distributed to the vulnerable people include: rice, beams, suppergheti, macaroni, bags of corns and indomie bags, face-masks and hand sanitizers. The fund raising committee was headed by former minister, Mrs R. Mallam.
Beneficiaries interviewed sincerely thanked SOKAPU and prayed that God Almighty provides initiators their needs for the initiative and foresight to provide for those of them, who have difficulties providing for themselves because of the lockdown.