SOKAD donates learning materials to primary school in Kaduna, 2016

Kaduna, July 2, 2016 (NAN) The U.S. Chapter of Southern Kaduna in the Diaspora (SOKAD) on Saturday donated books and instructional materials worth N330,000 to Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School, Tunga Nok.

Tunga Nok is in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Presenting the items to the beneficiary in Kaduna, the President of SOKAD, Dr Likita Aminu, said the gesture was part of the organisation’s contribution to the state’s educational development.

Aminu said: “On May 6, 2013 our organisation, SOKAD, donated school supplies worth N158, 000 to Zack-Zawan Primary School, Sanga Local Government Area.

“On that day, SOKAD said the gesture was the beginning of series of such donations to come.

“And in 2014, we made similar donations to LGEA Primary School Kurdan, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area and UNICEF Model Primary Schools, KurminKwara, Dadu, Jaba Local Government Area’’.

He explained that in 2015, two other schools, namely LGEA Primary Schools Dura and Kamuru-Ikulu I in Jaba and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas respectively, received donations from the association.

“As at today, our total donations have amounted to N1.8 million.

“We will continue to play our part by contributing to the socio-economic development of our society.

“We are committed to the education of our people and hope to play an active role in that regard because education remains the main driver of development of any society,’’ he said.

Aminu listed some of the items donated as books, pens, school bags, rulers, pencils and other instructional materials.
SOKAD former President, Prof. Tunga Lergo, represented Aminu at the occasion.

Receiving the items on behalf of the school, a former Chairman of Jaba Local Government Area, Mr Alex Guruza, thanked SOKAD for the gesture.

Guruza called on other organisations to emulate SOKAD and join the crusade of liberating rural dwellers from illiteracy through the provision of educational infrastructure and materials.

Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok, thanked SOKAD for the laudable gesture.

Nok particularly applauded the association’s support in developing the young ones educationally, adding that the gesture would go a long way in building a healthy and viable nation.

He said the Malam Nasiru El-Rufai-led administration had made education and health priorities to ensure that the younger generation was developed mentally and educationally.

He appealed to other organisations, both within and outside the country, to emulate SOKAD and support the current administration’s quest to reposition the education sector in the state.

Meanwhile, Mrs Joy Dogo, the Executive Director of a Kaduna-based NGO, Care and Action Research, which hosted the event, appealed for partnership with the state government.

Dogo explained that the NGO wanted to partner with the Kaduna State Government with focus on improving the literacy level of out-of-school youths as well as aged men and women.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that SOKAD is an organisation of indigenes from the southern part of Kaduna State in the Diaspora with branches in the U.S. and Canada. (NAN)

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