As part of measures to promote inclusive governance and sustainable development, in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, the authorities of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have handed over some newly constructed social amenities to host communities across the political Wards in the Council.
Some of the completed projects which include; boreholes, health clinics, access roads, blocks of classrooms amongst other which were handed over to leaders of communities in Gui, Kabusa Orozo, Jiwa, City Centre and Gwarinpa wards respectively in the Council.
While performing the official handover, the Chairman of the Council, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, said the projects, which were finished to 100%, were ready for use.
The Chairman noted that the essence of handing over the projects to the various communities was to ensure effective use and maintenance of the facilities by the end-users in rural areas.
He then cautioned people of the area against vandalising the amenities, but rather manage them, as he explained that the resources used to provide those facilities were theirs.
According to him, we felt that it was necessary for us to handover these facilities to the end-users, who happened to be our people in the rural areas.
That is exactly what took us round to inspect and handover these facilities for use and maintenance by the same end-users.
We are sensitive to the poor maintenance culture of our society, which is one of the reasons why government facilities fail.
We have told the people that these amenities are theirs, they shouldn't get them vandalised, but rather manage them, as it's for their use; and the resources that were used to provide these facilities are theirs therefore they should see them as their own property.
The AMAC boss added that, it's expected that they (the people) use the amenities wisely, as if they were vandalized, and government cannot have enough money to put in place these kinds of things.
So we have gone and finally handed over these amenities to end-users, and because we have tutored them on what to do, they should be able to maintain them, at the end it's their own property.
Candido accompanied by top AMAC management political leaders on carried out the inspection and handover of the completed projects for 2018/2019 to various communities in the Council.
Reacting to the development, the Village Head of Karasana community, Chief Hassan Knabedu Auta, described the gesture of the Chairman as unprecedented.
According to the Community leader, ff all the chairmen we been having in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) we have never had it good like this one (Candido), because he provided us with water and have been taking care of us.
He however appealed for more intervention in the society, in terms of provision of access roads especially a link to connect the area to other neighbouring community such as Dutse and Gwagwa respectively
Source: Voice of Nigeria