By Usman Shuaibu
Yelwan-Zuba is a village located on the hinterland along the former Abuja Airport, in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The road to Yelwan-zuba community is not only meandering but narrow, even as it’s very sandy and rough.
Peoples Daily correspondent who visited the community observed that the it is in dire need of basic necessities of life, for many inhabitants of the area.
According to the head of the community, Chief Abdullahi Musa, Yelwan-zuba village has been neglected by the past and present administrations of the Gwagwalada area council.
Musa claimed that there are over 50,000 habitants in the community, who are mainly farmers.
Lamenting the situation, the village head recalled that the only functional borehole in the community was built by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
He therefore urged the Gwagwalada Chairman, Hon. Abubakar Jibrin Giri to sink additional boreholes, to boost access to potable water in the community.
To boost electricity supply in the area, the community leader pleaded with the Council chairman to provide power transformers for the benefit of people there.
On education, Musa appealed to the authorities of Gwagwalada Area Council as well as FCT Administration to, as a matter of urgency to build both Junior and Senior secondary schools in the community, to prevent their children from going out to other neighbouring communities, for such purpose.
He decried that almost on daily basis; some of the many children were involved in accidents, whenever they went out of the community, in search of secondary education, especially those at Tugan-Maje secondary school.
Furthermore, the community leader pleaded with the FCT Administration and Giri-led leadership of the Council to deem it necessary to provide fertilizers to farmers, especially during the farming season.
He however, urged the people of the community to continue to be loyal to the constituted authorities as well as contribute their quota to the development of the area.
In the same vein, the Madaki (Prime Minister) of the community, Mr. Isah Garba Zuba, expressed dismay over the neglect of the people of the community by past Chairmen of the Council, and urged the present Giri-led government redouble its developmental effort, in order to move the community to the next level.
Zuba, specifically asked the Council Chairman to rehabilitate the dilapidated main link road from the Tugan Maje village to the community, for the benefit of motorists plying the route every day.
Also, he urged the Chairman to build a healthcare centre in the area, to enable the inhabitants have access to adequate medical care.
Not left out, the assistant Chief Imam of the community, Mallam Abubakar Yakubu, explained that the community’s top priority is how to resolve perennial water problem in the area.
Like others, the cleric asked the Council boss to place more emphasis on provision of infrastructural facilities in the community this year, to enable the people feel the impact of his leadership of the Council.
However, he frowned at the way in which the politicians always use the residents during the electioneering period, and thereafter dumped them without taking along in the scheme of things.
He therefore urged political leaders irrespective of their status to contribute their quota to the development of the community for the benefit of the electorates residing in the area.
Also, the Imam called for the establishment of a polling unit to enable the residents to come out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice whenever there are elections.
Yakubu, however, advised the elders and youths of the community to work together, so as to fight for a common goal.
This, according to him, was necessary, as without unity, no meaningful development will be achieved in the community.