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Centre urges FG to provide FCT communities with social infrastructure



Centre urges FG to provide FCT communities with social infrastructure

The Public and Private Development Center (PPDC) urged the federal government to provide satellite communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with social infrastructure.

Senior Program Director, PPDC, Mr. Onyekachi Chukwu, on Tuesday called in Abuja for a program to promote inclusive governance through civic engagement of “rights holders” in the CTF.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the center organized a series of community engagements between September and October that revealed citizens’ expectations regarding service delivery in the CTF.

Chukwu denounced the poor state of infrastructure in some communities, saying that “one will think that the natives are doing well, considering that these communities are located in the CTF.

“You will be surprised that most of these communities within the CTF are inaccessible.

“During our visit, these communities were very difficult to access. For some of these places we had to park our cars and use our legs to get to some of these communities.

“We want to shine a light on these CTF communities that have not seen a government presence for over ten years. Basically, since these people are in the CTF, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is fine with them.

“We visited these communities. And today we brought in members of those communities to discuss the challenges they face, ” he said.

The official, who took the time to enlighten the natives on how to monitor government projects within their communities, assured the PPDC will provide them with the necessary assistance to get the government to complete projects within their communities. .

“We are also trying to empower communities in the CTF, especially rights holders who see how they can improve their participation in governance.

“It’s in their communities and it’s also demanding for the delivery of services in their communities.

“We make people in the communities aware of the various tools available to them to improve their participation in governance and help them have more accessibility to their representatives.

“This is to ensure that some of the challenges they face in their communities, such as the lack of schools, the lack of physical facilities such as roads, also access to water and insecurity. , can be resolved, ”said the senior program manager.

In his remarks, a member of the clergy, Reverend Thomas Bako, who represented the Yimi community under the Gwagwalada Regional Council, said that the FCT natives were the most cheated people in Nigeria.

Bako said some communities were not accessible during the rainy season.

He added that the population could not see their representatives to file a complaint.

“You go to their offices; they will say you should come another day. We are peasant farmers. How are you going to keep spending the transportation to visit the office of someone who doesn’t care about you?

“The roads are bad and accidents happen every day. You hear that the contract is awarded, if you go to the site, nothing is done in this area. Some communities are only accessible during the dry season, ” the cleric said.

In addition, Dr Ray Jamberlary, a representative of the Buzumkure community in the Kuje Regional Council, said some of the elected presidents of the local government were not accessible.

“You can’t even know where they’re sleeping. You can’t even access the presidents of local governments. Seeing Senator Philip Aduda is easier than seeing a local government chairman in the CTF.

“They have ways of sneaking out of their homes and offices. So you can’t even see them file a complaint, ”he added.

Also reports that PPDC is currently working in six communities within FCT to train indigenous people on project monitoring and how to involve government in delivering quality services.

The six communities are Karonmajigi, Yimi, Buzunkure, Ijakpada, Abaji and Apiawoyi in the six regional councils of Abuja.

Source: NAN

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