By Niyi Maraiyesa, Abuja
Determined to ensure an even development in the rural communities of the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Administration has revealed that it will soon launch a Community Development Scheme.
The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello dropped this hint recently, while commissioning a borehole project executed by some corps members serving in the FCT as part of their Community Development efforts.
The corps members under the aegis of ‘Monday Environmental Sanitation Community Development Service Group’, constructed a borehole at
Damgbam village, along the Airport Road, Abuja.
The Minister who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, restated the commitment of the FCT Administration to open up the development of rural areas, with basic and adequate facilities to make life a lot easier for the rural dwellers.
His words: “We in the FCT are preparing to launch what we call Community Development Programme. Very soon, we are going to have community development committees at the ward level, at the state level and at the Area Council level. Our aim is to encourage communities to engage in community development projects such as the project we are commissioning today.”
According to him: “any community can come together, initiate a project, and seek our assistance; this is how communities all over the world develop. I want to encourage communities in the FCT where there is no water, where there are no basic facilities to also encourage government by initiating projects that are useful to their communities.”
He reiterated that because of dwindling financial situation in the country today, the Government will not be able to do everything and that is why the FCT Administration appreciates this kind of community project.
The Minister remarked that it is a thing of joy that young people are coming forward to design projects for the benefit of the residents of the FCT. Adding: “we are particularly grateful for this water project, because as it is often said, water is life”.
Bello stressed: “I very deeply appreciate the fact that the young people are looking at these areas of needs and seeing what to do about it. The decision by the monthly sanitation group of this NYSC batch to go into this project is very commendable. We are very happy with them and we appreciate them.
“I am most excited because the corps members sourced for fund to execute this project independent of government. I remember that when they visited my office to solicit for funds, I told them that if you really want to help humanity, don’t come to government to look for the money. Go among yourselves and source for the money; and I’m happy today to see that they have done exactly that. With determination, they have been able to achieve this and we are sincerely happy with them”, he emphasized.
The Minister therefore urged the corps members deployed across the nation to always carry the attitude of giving back to the society, instead of depending on what they will get from government.
Speaking earlier, the President of the Monday Environmental Sanitation Community Development Service Group, Carl Nwankolo, explained that the project would benefit over 2,000 villagers of Damgbam community.
He thus praised the leadership of FCT Administration and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, for the steady support to see the project come to fruition.