By Mashe Umaru Gwamna and Stanly Onyekwere
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has commenced a massive deployment of plants and machinery to the nooks and crannies of the area council, as part of a new initiative to link up the satellite towns with network of roads.
Chairman of AMAC Hon. Micah Jiba, who disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend, said the council was not happy that many years after the areas were laid out by the authorities, many land owners have not been able to develop their plots due to the absence of basic infrastructure.
He said the council was presently test-running the new initiative in the Jikwoyi-Karu axis, stressing that the full programme would cover the entire Abuja Municipal Area Council, which would be unveiled at a grand ceremony to be held in two weeks time.
On the fears being expressed by the Jikwoyi-Karu Muslim community about alleged plans to allocate the cemetery to private individuals for residential development, the chairman said the council has never conceived such idea, pointing out that AMAC is doing that to provide access roads to make the satellite towns attractive to residents and also help to decongest the Abuja city-centre.
Jiba appealed to the Muslims in the areas to cooperate with the council in its developmental programmes, promising that plans are on the way to fence the cemetery and make it a befitting resting place for their departed loved ones.