From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

Lapai Emirate Development Foundation (LEDEF) of Niger state has said that plans underway commence the activities towards the foundation’s N5 Billion Appeal Fund Raising in order to fast track the development of the entire area.

The Chairman Central Working Committee of the foundation, Alhaji Abubakar Kuso made this known during a press conference to intimate the public about its preparedness held in Minna, hence to bridge the gap in areas that required attention.

The retired Deputy Controller General of Immigration and district Head of Gulu stated that they are not in competition but aspired to play at complementary role to government programs and activities hence the organization taps on the values of integrity, accountability to foster unity and peace amongst the people.

He revealed that the funds realized fro the appeal fund raising to be channeled in to facilitating economic and human capital development, poverty reduction, education,bagricultural and security enhancement, health and social transformation as well as public and advocacy awareness including investment in income generating ventures to ensure its financial stability.

Alhaji Kuso reiterated the commitment of the foundation in ensuring various interventions but has been constraint due to paucity of funds hence the plan for fund raising to achieve more successes.

He explained that the organization has achieved a lot since its formation in 2009 which include; donation of funds and food items to flood and clash victims in various communities, scholarship programs, provision of education materials, training of vigilantes, donation to hospital equipment, renovation of schools among others.

The LEDEF chairman emphasized on the need for continuous support to the education sector, added that the foundation was making a frantic efforts towards ensuring that the teachers deficit challenges in the local government council especially in the 22 junior and senior secondary schools becomes a thing of the past include the primary schools in the area.

He applauded their donors and various Committee members for their personal sacrifices towards the achievements recorded thus far, noting that very prominent Nigerians, Philanthropists, politicians, Academia and Business magul are expected to attend the appeal fund raising yet to fixed the date.

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