By Stanley Onyekwere
In furtherance to efforts at promoting inclusive governance and development of the FCT, Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), Isiyaku Tanko Yamawo visited paramount rulers and ongoing project sites in Abaji and Kuje Area Councils respectively, in order to ensure rapid delivery of democratic dividends to the people.
Our correspondent reports that the palaces visited are: Ona of Abaji- Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, Esu Yaba- Abdullahi Adamu, Esu Sai’ Rubouchi- Mohammed Ibrahim Ladan, and Agabe of Gwargada; all in Abaji and Kuje Councils, during which the monarchs spoke passionately about critical developmental needs of communities within their domains.
Also, the projects inspected include, 6Km Yaba-Kpache road project and feeder roads network at Senior Staff Quarters, in Abaji, where the team assessed the quality and progress of the projects.
As expected, the STDD coordinator and his team first paid courtesy visit to the Abaji and Kuje chairmen, whom in turn took them round the palaces and project sites.
At the palaces, the STDD Coordinator, told the monarchs and their subjects (people) that his team were there to inspect ongoing projects in the Councils, and also to know priority projects that should be captured in the FCT 2018 Budget proposal.
In particular, the Coordinator reiterated commitment of the present FCT Administration to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people especially rural populace in the Territory.
Yamawo however stressed the need for robust collaboration with all stakeholders in the FCT, as the FCTA alone cannot drive rapid development of the Territory.
This, according to him would ensure that people will relocate from the densely populated city centre to the satellite towns of the Territory.
Yamawo, while inspecting ongoing projects, expressed satisfaction with their status, and assured the people that the government would do everything required to ensure rapid completion, to pave way for their enjoyment.
Also speaking, the Ona of Abaji, and Chairman of FCT Council of Chiefs, Adamu Baba Yunusa, who described the visit as laudable, specifically thanked the FCT Minister for the wisdom to ensure inclusive governance and development of the Territory.
He however told the STDD officials that there are no good access roads linking many communities within the council, a situation he said negatively affects the people especially farmers.
The Monarch also lamented the absence of pedestrian crossings and interchanges on the major highways traversing the area, saying the development has caused untold hardship and death in the council.
He appealed for improved employment opportunities for their children, who are qualified but are not employed, even after leaving school.
On his part, Abaji Chairman, Abdulrahman Ajiya, expressed delight over the visit, saying the council of all the Six councils, Abaji have suffered a lot of underdevelopment because of its location.
According to him, there many abandoned and poorly executed projects in Abaji, which needs the urgent intervention of the FCTA.
He assured the delegation of the support of the council, in the quest to develop satellite towns in the FCT.
“If there’s any area councils of the Territory that is in dire need of assistance in the provision of services and amenities, Abaji is the one.
“Let our relationship go beyond words of the mouth and visitation, to action oriented, through increased synergy among the STDD and the six Area Councils,” he stressed.
Not left out, Chief Chris Nworgu, the chairman, M/S Coan (W.A) Limited, the contractor handling the ongoing Yaba-Kpache road project, which commenced work since May, 2014, attributed the slow pace of the project to delay in payment of certified works.
He however assured that with the release of funds, the road will be completed and ready for commissioning by January, 2018.
PeoplesDaily reports that the STDD Coordinator’s maiden official visit to Abaji and Kuje was the first of a Five-Day planned inspection tour of ongoing projects in all the six Area Councils of the FCT.