By Stanley Onyekwere
Residents Association of Sa’ada Court Housing Estate in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory, has donated one Dana truck to FCT Administration for onward transmission to Apo Dutse, an indigenous community within Apo District of Abuja to convey dead bodies of their loved ones to Gudu Cemetery and other designated burial sites.
Presenting the truck to FCT Administration, the chairman of the Residents Association, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, said the donation was to ensure that the indigenous people do not buried their loved ones indiscriminately on a road corridor, near the estate.
Mashi, also noted that the move by the residents association to donate the truck to the community was to avert future crisis, as the temporary cemetery has been earmarked for road construction in line with the Abuja master plan.
According to him, “We noticed that there is an undeveloped piece of land and residents of the Dutse village have been using it to bury their dead ones. We made enquiries and we were told that actually it is supposed to be a major road corridor.
“So we felt that we need to assist the FCT Administration to stop the practice, because sooner or later the road will be constructed, and they will face serious problem in future. As stakeholders, we need to partner with FCTA.
“ We wrote to the FCT Minister, and drew his attention to the issue. And the minister took the matter very serious, as he directed urgent step to be taken to ensure that the practice is stopped.
“The residents are complaining that the designated cemetery is far from the village, and if they can be given a vehicle that can be conveying the dead bodies of their loved ones to the place, it will definitely stop them from burying at the inappropriate place.
“So we levied ourselves in the estate and came up with the money with which we bought a truck and donated to the FCTA for onward transmission to the village”.
He expressed satisfaction that the residents of the estate have delivered on their promise, while calling on the indigenous people of Apo Dutse to put the vehicle to maximum use.
While receiving the truck on behalf of FCT Administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended the residents association for the partnership, noting that the donation would go a long way to assist not only the immediate indigenous community, but other residents of the area.
The minister who was represented by the Special Assistant on Area Council Service Secretariat, Alhj. Muhammad Saba, tasked the community to put the vehicle to effective use.
“We expect that they should put the vehicle into maximum use and it should be effectively maintained. It should not be used for anything else,” the minister charged.
The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of vehicle particulars and key to the Sapeyi of Garki, HRH. Alhj. Usman Nga Kupi.