Written by Austine ELEMUE

STDD embarks on projects tour of rural areas

 

As part efforts to ensure rapid infrastructural development in the rural communities across the territory, the coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department, STDD, Hon. Tanko Yamawo, has inspected some ongoing project sites in Abaji and Kuje area councils, respectively.  

The coordinator also visited some traditional rulers to seek their blessings for the smooth completion of the projects in their respective domains.  

Projects inspected include, the 6 km 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.  

Our correspondent also reports that the palaces visited include: Ona of Abaji- Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, Esu Yaba- Abdullahi Adamu, Esu Sai' Rubouchi- Mohammed Ibrahim Ladan, and Agabe of Gwargawa; all in Abaji and Kuje Councils, during which the monarchs spoke passionately about critical developmental needs of communities within their domains.  

The coordinator told the monarchs and other palace chiefs 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.  

Yamawo, however, stressed the need for robust collaboration with all stakeholders in the FCT, as the administration 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.  

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 Yunusa, described the visit as laudable, but 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 that Abaji council has suffered a lot of underdevelopment because of its location.  

According to him, there are 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 in 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.  

Also, 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.  

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