…Commends SOKAPU, Lawyers, CEDRA, SKYSFOM, Others
The decision by governor of Kaduna State to reopen the Kafanchan Campus of the Kaduna State University, the College of Education Gidan Waya and the School of Nursing, Kafanchan, is a welcome development.
The said closure which has been the subject of many interpretations and explanations as well as litigation, hence the reopening will provide relieve to both students and parents not forgetting traders who offer services at those institutions. The students in particular will be delighted to resume the pursuit of their academic activities.
Notwithstanding the unjustifiable circumstances that led to the long closure of the tertiary institutions while secondary and primary schools were still open for academic activities, I want to sincerely appreciate all those who contributed in diverse ways towards the reopening of the schools.
The Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) which coordinated the peaceful agitation for the reopening deserved special commendation. The Centrum Initiative For Development And Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), The Southern Kaduna Lawyers who selflessly deployed their resources and expertise towards a judicial settlement for the reopening are patriots.
Southern Kaduna Youth and Students Forum (SKYSFOM) who went about pleading for the reopening, including holding press conferences, protests and collation of signatures in order to be allowed to resume school are also appreciated.
Our traditional rulers, our religious leaders, our lawmakers, the youths of Southern Kaduna, members of the media, and so many others both within and outside the state who spoke on the media, and other platforms for the sake of calling for the reopening of these schools are acknowledged.
You stood on the side of fairness to ensure the enthronement of justice through peaceful means and posterity shall not forget your efforts.
I call on all people from Southern kaduna in particular and the entire state to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of ethnic or religious differences, because our strength lies in our unity. This is imperative because the only way we can benefit from the dividends of democracy is in an atmosphere of peace.
Hon. Barr. Sunday Marshall Katung