By Stanley Onyekwere
To ensure rapid and inclusive development at the grassroots level, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has taken comprehensive collaborative advocacy to traditional institutions in the council.
AMAC through her newly reconstituted Community Development Committee, took the advocacy to four Chiefdoms in the council, where it sought the understanding and cooperation of the traditional rulers towards tackling developmental challenges.
Our correspondent reports that the two-day advocacy campaign by the 9-man committee signals its take off to delivering its mandate, which is mainly to identify challenges and explore ways to liaise with private and other government agencies to effectively them.
The committee visited four prominent traditional stools, namely; Sarkin Karshi palace, Skararuyi Palace, Karu, Garki Palace and Sarkin Jiwa palace, where it interacted with the paramount rulers, district heads and village heads amongst others.
Speaking during the exercise, Chairman of the AMAC Community Development Committee, Mrs Josephine Nnodim, reiterated that the committee was set up to go to communities and synergies with them, in order to facilitate development of the council.
Nnodim the committee embarked on the courtesy call to traditional institutions to seek blessing and guidance of the traditional institutions, to enable the realisation of the mandate of the committee.
She disclosed that a replica of the committee would be established in various wards, to serve as a link between the council leadership and development partners in the nation’s capital city.
She pledged that the committee will work hand in hand with various stakeholders especially the traditional institutions in the council, to fast-track development at the grassroots level.
“It’s the community that knows what are their challenges and opportunities for exploration, so as to swiftly resolve the issues bedeviling many communities in the council.
“ This, was in recognition of the fact that the council leadership cannot do it alone, hence the decision of AMAC Chairman, to establish this committee as an initiative for bridging the gap between the council and other stakeholders, to ensure effective maximisation of resources for development of the society,” Nnodim stressed.
She therefore appealed for cooperation of the traditional institutions, community leaders, corporate bodies and other stakeholders in the council.
As expected, at the Karshi Palace, during an interactive session with members of Emirate Council, paucity of schools, feeder roads, potable water and healthcare were topmost priority for the people in the area.
In particular, the community leaders expressed serious concerns about the deplorable condition of feeder roads, lack of bridges to connect communities as well as shortage of health facilities.
According to the District Head of Karshi Central, Alh Ahmed Doka, despite the prevailing challenges, the AMAC through the committee has taken a good step towards addressing the problems facing people in the area.
Also, at Skararuyi Palace, Karu-Abuja, Emmanuel Kyauta Yepwi, described the establishment of the Committee as laudable initiative for inclusive and rapid grassroots development of the council.
He expressed confidence that through the workings of the committee, there would be effective attention given to issues bedeviling several communities in the area.
The Monarch however raised the pending issue of some district heads of three communities, following death of their predecessors for a long time ago, to be given their appointments letters, to enable the Chiefdom function effectively.