Dunamis Churches operating in Kaduna lacks proper documents — Govt.

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Dunamis Churches operating in Kaduna lacks proper documents — Govt.

Dunamis Churches operating in Kaduna lacks proper documents — Govt.

An agency under the Kaduna State Government has stated that Dunamis churches operating in the State are doing so illegally and lack proper documents and also going against various aspects of the state’s building codes.

The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency popularly known as KASUPDA, not long ago wrote to different to individuals, businesses and religious organisations in the state, demanding them to provide title documents of their properties.

Among the religious organizations that were written to was Dunamis. Fatima Bambale, who is the Acting General Manager of KASUPDA, made the request known in a letter with reference number PS/14/PP/ZIII/20,624/VOL I/0. The letter was titled ‘’Update of Religious Institutions within the state.”

“I have been directed to provide the agency with details (of title documents and approvals) through the attached form,’’ Ms Bambale wrote.

However, it was gathered that instead of the church providing the state government with the details demanded, it reported the government to the Kaduna branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Sunday Ibrahim, who is the state secretary of CAN, immediately wrote to the agency stating that the organisation should have channelled its enquiries through the Christian body, warning that KASUPDA’s letter was offensive.

In a letter which was dated February 7th, 2019, excerpts of which were published by a national daily, Mr Ibrahim expressed CAN’s ‘’disaffection with the content of your(KASUPDA’s) letter and to remind the agency that it is a government agency and not (an) individual establishment.’’

The Secretary further stated that the letter is provoking in a sense of suspicion that government is using KASUPDA, which is obviously a government agency, to persecute the Dunamis International Gospel Centre Churches in Kaduna state.’’

However, a letter from the agency which was seen by our source indicates that the agency alerted the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service(KADGIS) that Dunamis Church which is located at Farin Gida ward, around Mando area, “is a rented house that has no title and planning permission approval.’’

Also, the letter further noted that the same Church which is located at Command Junction in Kaduna metropolis merely submitted an application for approval at its Sabon Tasha area office on January 14th, 2019.

The letter, which was signed by Bello Ibrahim, Acting Director of Development Control, also stated that ‘’Dunamis Church at Gonin Gora is a rented property from Mr Eromosele Emmanuel, who applied for church development on 8th October 2012 and was requested to bring the following: evidence of processing state government Certificate of Occupancy and Tax Clearance Certificate on 8th November 2012. He is yet to respond.’’

According to the letter, dated February 8, 2019, with reference number PS/14/PP/ZIII/20,624/VOL I/016, the Dunamis Church at Mararaban Rido has no title and planning permission approval.

Efforts to get comments from Dunamis Church were unsuccessful. Multiple calls over three days to three telephone numbers provided on both the Facebook page and website of the church did not connect. An email to the official address provided was also not replied to as at the time of publishing this story.

Our Source asked the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of CAN, Joseph Hayab, why his organisation is getting involved in the matter rather than allow Dunamis provide its property documents to the authorities.

“The issue of Dunamis Church and the Kaduna state government is just politics and I don’t want to join the government in heating up the polity at this time,” Mr Hayab said.

“How come the government did not write to all churches or even Dunamis headquarters but just the local one at Farin Gida? There is also a Bureau of Religious interfaith in this state, why not go through them?”

Contacted over the matter, the spokesperson for KASUPDA, Nuhu Garba, said it was unacceptable for CAN to dabble into its agency’s role of getting property owners to validate their titles.

“I know for a fact that recertification has been going on since 2015 and the letter you mentioned was given to many other Churches and Mosques.

“I also know that most have responded individually and not through any association they belong to.

“As a journalist now if the government wants to get details regarding a property you own, do they have to go through the NUJ?” he said.

 

SOURCE: Premium Times

 

Dunamis Churches operating in Kaduna lacks proper documents — Govt.

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