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SOKAPU Records Achievements in Campaign on Violence Against Southern Kaduna Natives

…Recounts N120m donation to it in April, 2022.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) says its intensive media sensitization – campaign on violence taking place against the natives of Southern Kaduna – which led to national and global awareness of the heinous crimes was part of the numerous achievements of the union.

The union’s new President, Mr Dio Awemi Maisamari, disclosed this, while briefing SOKAPU National Executive Council (NEC) on the achievements of the present National Exco under the leadership of immediate past President, Hon. Jonathan Asake, who resigned to contest governorship election of Labour Party in the state.

Mr Dio Maisamari, who was confirmed as the new substantive President of SOKAPU on Saturday, 10th September, 2022 in Kaduna, according to the statement issued and signed by the Union’s spokesman, Mr Luka Binniyat, also listed other loadable achievements.

During the NEC meeting weekend, the president listed the union’s achievements, among which include: “Intensive media sensitization and campaign against the violence taking place against the natives of Southern Kaduna, which has led to national and global awareness of the heinous crimes;

“Fund-raising, procurement and distribution of palliatives to distressed citizens of Kaduna State during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown;

“Movement of the SOKAPU National Secretariat to a more spacious, well furnished and equipped office in Kaduna. NEC was also informed that the design of a permanent National Secretariat had been completed;

“Establishment of Southern Kaduna People’s Empowerment Foundation (SOKAPEF), with Apostle Emmanuel Kure as its BoT Chairman. As an incorporated body, SOKAPEF will do many things, which SOKAPU was unable to do, because of its registration status;

“Fund-raising and provision of humanitarian intervention to internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in communities across Southern Kaduna, from the inception of the current security challenges to date;

“Setting up of a high powered Political Committee to brainstorm and chart the best political direction for Southern Kaduna;

“Building on the efforts of past leaders to raise the standing, credibility and goodwill of SOKAPU as a major pressure group in Nigeria, among others,” he said.

Also during the meeting, SOKAPU President informed NEC that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be called in a month’s time during which the full financial report of SOKAPU will be submitted.

Meanwhile, the president gave some financial highlights on the total income and expenditure of SOKAPU, from December, 2019 to date. He also briefed the meeting on the N120m donation in April, 2022, that came to SOKAPU from Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Wike. 

He clarified that under his predecessor, Hon. Asake, the procurement and distribution of food stuffs and other basic necessities was done in Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Kaura, Kauru, and Zangon Kataf. 

“Also, other forms of humanitarian assistance were rendered where necessary. At the point of his resignation, the former President left a balance of N60 million for the continuation of the humanitarian intervention. 

“The above briefing stirred harsh comments by some members of the NEC. These were complaints of poor engagement with community development associations whose members are the target of the intervention, exclusion from decision-making during the intervention implementation process and even the inability of some communities to get the relief materials,” it stated.

In his reaction to the complaints, the President said all the points made had been noted and would be addressed in the next phase. 

He also reminded them that, because of the enormity of the challenges, they should know that even several billions of naira will not solve the problems. He, however, called on the Southern Kaduna community, wherever they are, to continue to thank Governor Nyeson Wike for doing what the Federal and State Governments refused to do.

The new President assured the NEC of his determination to reposition SOKAPU to effectively address the challenges confronting Southern Kaduna the more, adding that, “The one-year Action Plan will be unveiled during the AGM, and intensive consultations will be made to get inputs from far and wide,” and appealed for support and cooperation from all and sundry. 

Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of SOKAPU, Elder Stephen Bangoji, with some members of the Board attended the confirmation ceremony.

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