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Karu names community townhall after Senator Aduda’s late mother

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Karu community in the nation’s capital, Abuja has named a townhall project after Late Mrs. Jummai Aduda, a foremost grassroots mobilizer, politician and mother of the incumbent Minority Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, a statement said Saturday.

Chairman of the Karu Gbagyi Development Association (KAGBADA), Dangana Jimiko in a statement said the decision by the community to honour the late Mrs. Aduda with the constituency project followed the completion of the project as it awaits inauguration at a later date hopefully by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Jimiko, while also reacting to allegations by a civil society organisation, Tracka.NG that Senator Philip Aduda had named the project after his mother said the accusations were false as it was a “collective decision” by Karu community taken at a General Congress meeting of the body in 2018 when the building was under construction.

“It was the collective decision of Karu Community under KAGBADA that reached such a decision and jointly informed contractors handling the project that it had been resolved that the facility be named with an artwork after the recipient, Chief (Mrs) Jummai Aduda, MON upon completion”, Jimiko said.

“Karu, being the host community reserves the right to do so in honour of the renowned and revered Chief (Mrs.) Jummai Aduda, who until her death on January 13th, 2012 was a distinguished Nigerian awarded with the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR)”, the community leader added.

Late Chief (Mrs) Aduda was the Founder of Grassroots Association of Nigeria and International Grassroots Association who during her lifetime mobilized women and youths to support the Federal Government, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Karu Community.

“She was a well-respected grassroots mobilizer, government advisor on community relations, politician, women and community leader known internationally, across Nigeria and the FCT, Abuja”, the Karu leader added.

Due to her role in mobilising projects to Karu Community including bringing “powerful Nigerians like late Chief Stella Obasanjo and other top public officials to support our community development, the Sakaruyi of Karu and his council decided to honour her with the prestigious chieftaincy title of Gimbiyan Karu under the Karu Traditional Council.”

Read the full statement below:

Press Statement:

RE: ONLINE PUBLICATION OVER KARU COMMUNITY TOWNHALL CONSTITUENCY PROJECT NAMED AFTER CHIEF (MRS.) JUMMAI ADUDA, MON

May 30, 2020 – The attention of Karu Gbagyi Development Association (KAGBADA) has been drawn to a publication on the Internet by Tracka.ng (@TrackaNG) specifically on Twitter misinforming Nigerians on the alleged naming of a constituency project townhall in Karu Community after Chief (Mrs.) Jummai Aduda by Distinguished Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda.

We write to inform the general public to disregard the malicious publication as it was the collective decision of Karu Community under KAGBADA that reached such a decision and jointly informed contractors handling the project that it had been resolved that the facility be named with an artwork after the recipient, Chief (Mrs) Jummai Aduda, MON upon completion.

Karu, being the host community reserves the right to do so in honour of the renowned and revered Chief (Mrs.) Jummai Aduda, who until her death on January 13th, 2012 was a distinguished Nigerian awarded with the national honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR).

Late Chief (Mrs) Aduda was the Founder of Grassroots Association of Nigeria and International Grassroots Association who during her lifetime mobilized women and youths to support the Federal Government, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Karu Community.

She was a well-respected grassroots mobilizer, government advisor on community relations, politician, women and community leader known internationally, across Nigeria and the FCT, Abuja.

Due to her role in mobilising projects to Karu Community including bringing powerful Nigerians like late Chief Stella Obasanjo and other top public officials to support our community development, the Sakaruyi of Karu and his council decided to honour her with the prestigious chieftaincy title of Gimbiyan Karu under the Karu Traditional Council.

To further honour her memory as a powerful woman, mother and pride to Nigeria and Gbagyi nation, the Karu Gbagyi Development Association (KAGBADA) in 2018 agreed at a General Congress meeting to name the new townhall after her upon completion.

Based on these facts outlined, which we believe were unavailable to Tracka.NG due to their failure to investigate the root of the decision to name the facility after her, we see their publication as mischievous, misleading, callous and a witch-hunt as there are many federal, state and community projects named after distinguished Nigerians like Late Chief (Mrs) Aduda and this should be a non-issue.

Moreover, we (KAGBADA) facilitated the donation of this community land to the Federal Government for this townhall project to be sited on it without asking for compensation or any dime because of our desire to achieve the townhall building. It is thus callous for anyone or organisation to assume that a single individual can coerce or overwhelm the decision into naming this project upon completion.

We see the publication as misleading and a political calculation aimed at tarnishing the image of our illustrious son, Talban Karu, and Senate Minority Whip, Distinguished Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda simply because he was fortunate to be born by the late Chief (Mrs) Jummai Aduda.

On the cost of the townhall building and ancillary services, the documents concerning funds releases are all publicly available with the Federal Government through the agency that executed the constituency project, Upper Niger River Basin Authority.

We are also aware that Distinguished Senator Aduda also added more monies into the project to ensure that the facility meets international standards for the benefit of his people and other Nigerians.

But for Covid-19, Senator Aduda had planned for the townhall to be commissioned by His Excellency, Senate President Ahmad Lawan. Due to the delay, KAGBADA and the Senator have used the window of opportunity to ensure various modifications including the changing of the back-lighting of the memorial arts work on Saturday May 30th. But as usual, some mischievous people working to tarnish his image went to town to state again that he had chickened out of beautifying the project with the name and image of his mother.

In all, we ask Tracka.NG to get its facts right through proper investigation before going to press with mischievous allegations aimed at ridiculing Karu Community or targeted at Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda.

KAGBADA officials are available to give them a project tour, clear their doubts and give room for them to interview relevant members of Karu Community whenever Tracka.NG makes a formal request as we have nothing to hide.

Signed:

Dangana Jimiko
Chairman, Karu Gbagyi Development Association (KAGBADA)
May 30th, 2020

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