Outgoing President’s Handover Speech, Jan 2017

Date: 1.29.2017

Secretary-General, Dr. Freeman Kamuru

Treasurer, Mr. Ibrahim Maikori

Immediate Past President, Prof. Tunga Lergo

Fellow Dear SOKAD Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

It is has been great pleasure serving as President of this great Association, these past 4 years. To be specific, Nov. 25, 2012 was when I assumed the mantel of leadership (first as Interim President and subsequently as the President). Thanks to all of you members of SOKAD who made my tenure, and on behalf of the exco, our tenure successful. We could not have done anything without you. We are very appreciative of all the support you gave us.

What did we achieve in the last four years? Let me spend a few moments to remind members of the things we accomplished in the last 4 years.

1)   Schools Aide Program.

In the last 4 years we were able to provide material support to some select Primary schools. In all we have provided materials to 6 primary schools. These are:

2013- Lea Primary school Zac-Zawan-Sanga LGA (2012).

2014-i)  LGEA Primary School Kurdan, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area

  1. ii) UNICEF Model Primary Schools, KurminKwara, Dadu, Jaba Local Government.

2015-i) LGEA Primary School Dura, Jab LGA

  1. ii) LGEA Primary School Kamuru-Ikulu, Zangon Kataf LGA

2016- LGEA Primary School, Tunga Nok Jaba    LGA

As at today our donations amounted to at least $6000 over the last 4 years.

All these accomplishments could not been done without the help of our great friend Professor Bala Dogo whose NGO (CARE NGO) has been instrumental in executing our projects at home. They print the books, purchase the materials and provided logistics on the delivery of the materials to the respective schools. To Professor Bala Dogo and CARE-NGO, we say a loud and big thank you.

Executing these projects has not been without a cost. We spent a total of $6000.00 to execute these projects. Where did this money come from? It came from members’ contribution and dues.

Attendance at these presentations has been very encouraging. Reputable journalists have attended and covered our presentations. In the last presentation the Current Commissioner of Education attended.

2)      Advocacy.

We have championed aggressively an advocacy role in the last 4 years. This included press releases, Publications in news outlets-Nigeria world, Nigeria Village square, Elombah, National impressions. Some of the press releases(to mention few) were:

  1. i) National Conference.

https://www.sokadusa.com/memorandum-by-southern-kaduna-in-the-diaspora-sokad-united-states-of-america-to-the-national-conference-i/

  1. ii) Religious Bill

https://www.sokadusa.com/the-need-for-free-exercise-of-religion-in-kaduna-state/

iii)               On the elections of 2015

https://www.sokadusa.com/%ef%bb%bfsokad-urges-southern-kaduna-voters-to-go-and-vote-on-february-14-28-%ef%bb%bf/

  1. iv) Fulani/Herdsmen attacks, Moroa, fadan Karshi, etc.
  2. a) https://www.sokadusa.com/the-ethnic-and-religious-cleansing-in-kaduna-state/
  3. b) https://www.sokadusa.com/southern-kaduna-facing-worst-situation-since-independence-sokad-usa/
  4. c) https://www.sokadusa.com/save-nigeria-stop-the-islamic-political-agenda-an-open-letter-to-president-mohammed-buhari/
  5. v) Danfulani:
  6. https://www.sokadusa.com/southern-kaduna-john-danfulani-and-the-current-political-dispensation/
  7. https://www.sokadusa.com/kaduna-state-indigenes-abroad-call-for-the-immediate-release-of-detained-kaduna-state-university-lecturer/
  8. vi) Land Grab, The Gbadyi people

https://www.sokadusa.com/an-open-letter-to-governor-el-rufai-temper-justice-with-mercy-on-the-gbagyi/

vii)             Grazing Reserve

http://nigeriaworld.com/news/source/2014/may/6/1003.html

viii) Call for Indictment-Gov. Yero

https://www.sokadusa.com/southern-kaduna-diaspora-making-the-case-for-indicting-governor-mukhtar-ramalan-yero-of-kaduna-state-nigeria-for-crimes-against-humanity/

Please refer to: sokadusa.com for more

3)      Website

Our website is vibrant. sokadusa.com. Descent features and publications are there. Needs improvement, though. Members are encouraged to visit and take advantage of it.  Suggestions are welcome to improve on it.

4)   IRS Registration

SOKAD is now a registered  Not for Profit Organization. We have 501(c)3 status. Which means when you make donation it will be tax deductible. Members are encouraged to take advantage of this development as well.

Challenges It was in my heart that we have a general meeting where we will all gather in person. This could not take place. I suggest the in-coming Exco to look into it seriously. I wish all of us in the USA are all in one city. That will make it easier.

Funds: We want to reach out to many communities and/or institutions with our Home Aid projects. But fund is the limiting factor.

Ladies and gentlemen, all the accomplishments listed above could not be successfully executed without your inputs.  On behalf of the Exco I say Thank you.

When I took office I promised we will abide by our constitution and by-laws. We did. These documents were our guiding principles. We did not deviate from them. I take pride in that

We are not where we want to be. I see the promised land. We will get there. Our people are in poverty. Our lands are being taken away from us. Ethnic/Religious cleansing is going on in our homeland. I encourage us to join hands in the fight for our land on behalf of our people. We should not despair. It may seem dark now but light is at the end of the tunnel. We will overcome.

Let me encourage you with these 2 proverbs. The first says, “The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first.” The second says, “How do you eat an elephant? By taking one bite at a time.”  Also it was Edmund Burke who  said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. By taking one mile at a time or one bite at a time we will accomplish much. Every one of us in this forum have something valuable to contribute to the growth SOKAD. Please contribute to the development of SOKAD and the Southern Kaduna People.

Finally, just as you supported me I urge you all to support Dr. Freeman and the incoming Exco with all that you have. On this note I wish to thank you for the opportunity to serve and now I hand over the mantle of leadership to Dr. Freeman Kamuru.

Long live SOKAD

Long live the Southern Kaduna People

May God bless you all.

Thank you.

Likita Aminu, MD, MPH

President, SOKAD-USA, 2013-2016

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