Non- Governmentel Organisation, NGO, Monimo Foundation, said it will partner with donor agencies on grassroots development. Speaking at its inaugural congress in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, yesterday, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alhaji Usman Abdulkadir, said the foundation is already in a fruitful discussion with some prominent agencies to realise the objective. “We hope that our success will lend a hand to the efforts by the federal and state governments in the social, economic and political development of the country. The foundation will be a collaborating organisation that supports programmes of the government and offers advice for grassroots focused development efforts,” he said. He equally said the foundation’s other objective is to bring together prominent Kakanda speaking people for the purpose of developing its sons and daughters including communities across the country. “This congress is a culmination of a long, fruitful process and the beginning of a new dawn for Kakanda people. We are here today because of the support for a single vision, a united and prosperous Kakanda people. We are here because of the renewed energy of a few of us, who in their passion for the progress of Kakanda, wants a united front to advance the development of our people. We bought into this vision because in the words of John E. Lewis, “if not now, then when? If not us, then who?” he said. According to Abdulkadir, Monimo Foundation represents a new hope, a renewed energy to drive the kind of progress that previous generations will be envious of and which future generations will be proud of. “The backward economic and political condition of our people along the length of the Niger River and in other places will not come to an end unless we forge a new way forward. This is a new beginning which shines the light of empowerment and collaboration for our youth, women and children. It is a new course which rewards the selfless pursuit of happiness by all the Kakanda people he added. He stressed that the congress marks a turning point in Kakanda peoples’ journey to a better socio- economic condition. “It is a journey to the realisation of the dreams of generations past and a journey to the achievement of that which has escaped us for a very long time: Equitable, just and collaborative progress. Our fate, tied with the social, economic and political advancement of Nigeria, will only improve when we come together to share ideas, resources and spread the burden of sustainable development. We must place our efforts within our patriotic duties to develop the country. We aim to be a model for global success in community development through innovation and collaboration”, he stressed. He said Monimo Foundation is a formally registered non-political and non-religious organisation which came on board at one of the most trying times for Nigeria and its communities. “We are seeking partnership with the private sector and civil society to also make this possible”, he added.

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