From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Members of Unguwan Madami, Rido Ward, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday commended the LGA for providing electricity to the community.
One of the community leaders, Shedrack Gani, who made the commendation during inauguration of 500 KVA transformer for the community, said the gesture has ended their 10 years of living in darkness.
Gani said that for the past 10 years, the people of Unguwan Madami have lived without electricity, adding that majority of the inhabitants could not afford to buy a generator to power their houses.
“For years we lived in darkness with no business or development taking place in our community due to absence of electricity.
“We traveled for two kilometers to Mararaban Rido to charge our phones or do anything business that requires electricity, making life unbearable.
“We prayed that someday our cries would be heard, and today the management of Chikun LGA has provided our community with electricity; our prayers have been answered, “he said.
Similarly, the people of Unguwan Kasuwan Tsaye in Nasarawa Ward, also in Chikun LGA, who have not seen a blink of light for the past two years equally thanked the council for ending the darkness.
The District head of the area, Malam Abdullahi, thanked the council management for coming to their aid by connecting the area with a 500KVA transformer.
Abdullahi said that the gesture would boost the needed economic activities in the area.
According to him, life has not been easy for the people of the community who were surrounded by other communities with electricity, but had to live in darkness, except those who could afford generator.
“We are very grateful for ending our pains and improving the quality of our lives.
Earlier, Hajiya Ladi Yahuza, the Chairperson of the Caretaker Management Committee of the LGA, assured people of the LGA that all communities without electricity would soon be connected.
Yahuza said that there are quite a number of transformers on ground for rural electrification, adding more would be procured to ensure every community within the LGA was covered.
“We are running a people oriented government and as a mother of all, I cannot enjoy electricity while most of my people lives in darkness.
“I assure you, that every community with no electricity due to absence of transformer or others would be provided with one.
“Our desire is to improve the standard of living of the people through the encouragement of business and development activities and we cannot achieve this without electricity, “Yahuza added.
Inaugurating the transformers, the Political Adviser to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, Ahaji Uba Sani, said that the current government would everything possible to carry every community along in its development agenda.
Sani said that it was part of effort to fast-tract development at grassroots level that the current administration gave local government autonomy to meet the needs of the people.
He added that the state was undergoing reforms and engaging the citizens in matters that affects them with a view to improve their standard of living.