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Kabba leaders mobilise funds to empower youths, others

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Member, Editorial Board of The Guardian, Francis Onaiyekan (left); Elder G.T. Aliu; Vice President (South-West) and President, Lagos Branch of Kabba Development Union (KDU), Princess Ladepe Omonale; President General, Emmanuel Ajibero; Chief Ben Olowodola; Mrs. Hellen Ajibero; and Mike Akanmide at the event

Indigenes of Kabba in Kogi State who are resident in Lagos converged on Ikeja last weekend to raise millions of naira to better the lot of their kinsmen, especially the youths, back home. The event was held to mark the fifth anniversary of Kabba Development Union (KDU), Lagos branch.

Among eminent Kabba indigenes who attended the ceremony are Chief Ben Olowodola; Elder G.T. Aliu; member, Editorial Board of The Guardian, Mr. Francis Onaiyekan; Vice President (South-West) and President, Lagos Branch of KDU, Princess Ladepe Omonale; President General of KDU, Emmanuel Ajibero; senatorial aspirant, Col. Yomi Dare (rtd); Wemimo Jones; President, Okun Development Association, Femi Mokikan; and chairman, Planning Committee, Mr. Michael Akanmide.

In her speech, Omonale said the funds would be expended to rehabilitate teenagers in Kabba metropolis caught up in the single motherhood/unwanted pregnancies syndrome, give scholarship to indigent but brilliant students in Kabba in a bid to reduce the rate of high school drop out, boost infrastructural development of the community, and offer support to poor widows.

Taking the gathering through activities of the Lagos KDU, Omonale said the branch had commenced a medical outreach at Kabba every December 26, to provide medical care for “our aged co-compatriots back home.”

The eminent personalities, who took turns to reflect on the socio-economic and political situation in Kabba nation, craved the commitment of the people, particularly the leaders, to initiatives meant to make life more meaningful to their kinsmen.

They decried the condition in which many Kabba youths have found themselves, urging stakeholders to intervene in tackling the challenges that may force the young ones to get involved in criminal activities.

Earlier in his welcome address, Akanmide said the skills acquisition programme would make the beneficiaries productive, self-reliant and more responsible to be able to make meaningful contribution to the development of Kabba and the larger society.


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