… warns against vandalism
By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of measures to promote inclusive governance and sustainable development the authorities of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have handed over some newly constructed social amenities to host communities across the political Wards in the Council.
Some of the completed projects which include; boreholes, health clinics, access roads, blocks of classrooms and amongst other, were handed over to leaders of communities in Gui, Kabusa Orozo, Jiwa, City Centre and Gwarinpa wards respectively.
Performing the official handover, AMAC Chariman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, said the projects, which were finished to 100%, are ready for use.
Candido said the essence of the handover to various communities was to ensure effective use and maintenance of the facilities by the same end-users in rural areas.
He however cautioned people against getting the amenities vandalized, but rather manage them, adding that it’s for their use; because the resources that were used to provide the facilities are theirs.
His words: “We felt that it was necessary for us to handover these facilities to the end-users, who happened to be our people in the rural areas.
“That is exactly what took us round to inspect and handover these facilities for use and maintenance by the same end-users.
“We are sensitive to the poor maintenance culture of our society, which is one of the reasons why government facilities fail.
“We have told the people that these amenities are theirs, they shouldn’t get them vandalized, but rather manage them, as it’s for their use; and the resources that were used to provide these facilities are theirs therefore they should see them as their own property.”
The AMAC boss adds: “It’s expected that they (the people) use the amenities wisely, as if they were vandalized, and government cannot have enough money to put in place these kinds of things.
“So we have gone and finally handed over these amenities to end-users, and because we have tutored them on what to do, they should be able to maintain them, at the end it’s their own property.”
Our correspondent reports that Candido accompanied by a top AMAC management political leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday carried out the inspection and handover of completed projects for 2018/2019 to various communities in the Council.
Reacting to the development, Chief Hassan Knabedu Auta, the Village Head of Karasana community, where the AMAC chairman commissioned and handed over a motorised borehole and generator, described aa unprecedented the provision of the amenity by the Council.
According to the Community leader, “ff all the chairmen we been having in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) we have never had it good like this one (Candido), because he provided us with water and have been taking care of us.
He however appealed for intervention in the society, in terms of provision of access roads especially a link to connect our community to Dutse and Gwagwa respectively.
He equally begged the AMAC Chariman that if God gives him a second term, he should build hospital or clinic to cater for health challenges of the community.