By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
The National Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, has observed that the only panacea to the ongoing crisis in the area is for the federal government to commence the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.
A communique issued at the end of its National Congress in Kachia also endorsed calls by well meaning Nigerians for the establishment of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in their area.
“We agree to unanimously initiate and operationalize a community watch project to replicate that of the North East and Kaduna metropolis civilian joint task force towards effective policing of the Southern Kaduna communities.
“In appraisal of the Southern Kaduna security breach, we understand that our challenge is inadequate structure of formations and command of the Nigerian Police Force in Southern Kaduna.
“We plead with the Federal and government of Kaduna State to halt the ongoing project on the establishment of grazing reserve or operations of same in Southern Kaduna as our communities have equivocally rejected the siting of such facilities in our land. We are however open to other agricbusinesses being driven by the Federal Government through the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP).
“To initiate and support litigations to challenge the impunity with which the Governor of Kaduna State has refused to adhere to the court ruling on local government elections in the state.
“It is also in the interest of this congress to advice the governor against the intended tactics to appeal on the ruling, long after two months of inaction as feet dragging effort to short change the people of their rightful mandate.
“We also decry the monumental corruption ongoing in the state where monies belonging to the local government such as excess crude revenues, value added tax, federal allocations fail to impact positively in communities across the state due to the overbearing possessiveness of the state.
“We call on the humanitarian agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and other agencies of government to join in the efforts SOKAPU is making through her relief materials committee towards alleviating the sufferings and malnutrition challenges facing Internally Displaced Persons in Southern Kaduna.
“In pursuance of economic growth we call on all Southern Kaduna people to invest in their land in agriculture, media, industries, security and other entrepreneurial pursuits.”