Traditional Ruler Decries Dearth Of Infrastructure In Jiwa
Sat, 25/08/2012 ? 3:27am | DAVID ADUGE-ANI News Metro

District Head of Jiwa community, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, has decried the dearth of infrastructure in his domain, attributing it to alleged neglect by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

In an interview with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, Abdullahi, who is the Hakimin of Jiwa, lamented that although? the? community is about 20 minutes? drive from? Abuja city centre, ?the area has been abandoned to the point that residents lack access to portable water.?

He said: ?The major problem we have here in Jiwa community is lack of water. Although a pipe that passes through Jiwa community is carrying water to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja we in the area do not have access to the water passing through ourown community.? It is painful.?

Abdullahi stated that the community had written letters several times to the FCT administration, informing them about this problem, but nothing had been done about it.

He also lamented that the community lacked access road.

The district head also charged the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, to come up with a clear-cut policy on the issue of resettlement for the FCT indigenes, to enable them know their fate.

He maintained that the call had become necessary ?because most FCT indigenes are finding it difficult to cope with the expansion of their families and the restriction on building more houses as imposed by the administration.?

Abdullahisaid: ?Up till now we don?t know our fate as to whether we are going to be resettled or re-integrated into the Abuja master plan. This is not yet clear to us as indigenes of the FCT. Some of our children and brothers have been caught up by the restriction placed on building new homes in the community.

Some years back, they were not married, but now they are married and need to be accommodated.Since they cannot stay in the same house with their fathers or mothers after getting married, they need space to build their own houses in our community, which is restricted by the FCT.?

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