In keeping with its promise, the FCT Administration in collaboration with World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP), has spent over five million naira to purchase food items and install a 300 KVA power transformer to the Karon Majigi temporary settlement, housing the physically challenged persons and their families.
The food items donated comprised 20 bags of 50kg rice, 10 bags of 100kg of beans, 10 bags of 100kg maize and 20 cartons of vegetable oil shared between the physically challenged persons and Alheri leprosy settlement at Yangoji, Kwali Area Council.
This revelation was made by the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Alhaji Oladimeji Ali Hassan, during the formal handing over of some food items to His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammad Sulaiman Katsina, for onward distribution to persons living with disabilities in the village.
The Secretary who was represented by the Director, Social Welfare Department of the Secretariat, Mrs. Felicia Nwogu, said the Secretariat will see to it that the transformer is powered and connected to the power line very soon since the installation has been completed.
Hassan said the office was there to donate some food items as part of the mandate of the Secretariat, saying it has fulfilled its promise to provide electricity to the village and will soon come with a team of public health workers to conduct comprehensive medical outreach among the occupants.
According to him, “We came here to carry out part of our core mandate of taking care of the needy and the vulnerable in the Federal Capital Territory. We shall also visit the Alheri Leper Settlement at Yangoji this week to give them some food items too.”
“If you will recall, the FCT Minister sent us in January to come here and appraise the need of the people and to see what the Administration can do to alleviate their problems. We promised to provide electricity to the village even though it is a temporary settlement. This transformer is a promise kept.”
The Secretary therefore urged the people to protect the transformer and to cease from begging on the highways and streets of the capital city calling it a dangerous venture; while urging them to try and start doing something worthwhile and to practise the trades/crafts they have been trained by the secretariat.
Hassan said the government cannot do everything for them but will always try, to the best of its ability, to bring succour to them saying there is ability in disability.
In his response, the traditional ruler of the village, HRH Alhaji Muhammed Sulaiman Katsina, who was visibly elated, said they were overjoyed and lack words to thank the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the Social Development Secretariat for fulfilling their promise sooner than expected.
“We never believed this transformer will be installed for us this soon. Honestly, we thought this was one of those promises that never saw the light of the day.
“Last week we were surprised and happy also to see a transformer being brought to us; the workers has just finished installing it” Sulaiman said.
He appealed to the Authority to ensure that the transformer is powered very soon saying only then will their joy be complete, just as he advised his subjects to desist from begging as it does not help.
According to him, the constant help and provisions from Social Development Secretariat has really helped in keeping most of them from the highways and from its attendant hazards.