by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Groups, under the auspices of ‘Coalition of Northern Group,’ CNG, have expressed serious concern over what they described as “unforeseen economic, social and political consequences” of the security situation in Kaduna State.
The group also raised concern about increase in hardship orchestrated by banditry activities in the state, coupled with the continued closure of markets and demolition of business premises leading to the crippling of most business activities, adding, “most especially the SMES, putting people in a very pitiful situation.”
Coordinator, Kaduna state chapter of the coalition, Saadu Bako, in a statement made available to journalists during courtesy call to Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, at Kaduna secretariat, weekend, stated that CNG is equally disturbed by the inhuman treatment and extortion of masses earning their living through Keke-Napep commercial transport by some agencies in the state.
“The Coalition of Northern Groups Kaduna state chapter is compelled to use this medium to address the state government on the growing multi-sectored threat in the state that are pregnant with unforeseen economic, social, and political consequences.
“They include the current desperate security situation and the hardships that have been building up since the onset of a violent criminal banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in places like Birnin-Gwari, Giwa and sections of the southern part that include the most recent communal incidents in Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Kajuru.
“Another major source of concern is the seeming indefinite closure of markets in the state, which has led to the crippling of majority of the businesses of our marketers, most especially the SMES, which has put them in a very pitiful state and a challenging situation, which is a major threat to public order and security.
“We are equally disturbed by the inhuman treatment and the extortion of the masses of the state that earn a living via their Keke-Napep commercial transport, which were seized by some agencies and are charged exorbitant amounts in the process of retrieval.
“Finally, will like to register our concern over the indiscriminate demolitions of habitats of some citizens of the state, which leads to making them homeless and stranded with no place to go and the government not giving them any alternative accommodation in this rainy season,” it stated.
Earlier, the state coordinator explained that the headquarters of the Coalition of Northern Groups identified the need to reorganize all its state structures by harmonizing existing leadership organs and recognizing genuinely interested affiliate groups, in order to strengthen them.
“The resolution was reached at an expanded Central Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Friday, July 3, 2020, where three committees were set up to carry out the restructuring exercise in the three geopolitical zones of Northern Nigeria and Abuja; and that is what we are affirming and putting into place now.
“This has been long overdue and, today, we’re pleased to host the committee in Kaduna,” the body stated, describing it as a welcome exercise for the harmonization of the CNG structures at all the state levels.