Residents in Kpaduma and Kobi villages of Asokoro extension, FCT have called on the government to provide schools and electricity power supply in their communities to enable them enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Some of the residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday made this appeal as part of their expectations for the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari as he takes oath of office.
Mallam Abdullahi Mohammed, a resident of the area said he had been living in the community for over 20years without enjoying any form of government presence.
“Despite the fact that the community is within the metropolis of the Federal Capital Territory, we have never enjoyed the benefits of the government.
“We have no public secondary school here and are children are forced to go as far barracks and Maitama to acquire education.”
He therefore, called on the government not to disappoint the people,but rather use this second tenure to focus on infrastructural development in communities that lacked adequate government presence.
Similarly, Mr Irimiya Sunday attributed poor access to education in the area to the high rates of school dropouts, teenage pregnancy and crime rates in the community.
“If we had schools, a lot of children will be engaged in it, so will have little time to engage in criminal or immoral activities.
“It will also reduce the hardship on the parents in the community, who are mostly farmers, petty traders and labourers.
On her own part, Mrs Juliana Musa, appealed for electricity power supply in Kpaduma three as it would improve their life, businesses as well as their health.
“Despite promises by politicians to provide transformer and electricity supply, we have never had electricity supply in Kpaduma three, we have been living in darkness, our children have never seen light unless they visit other communities.
“Our appeal is that President Muhammadu Buhari, political representatives and electricity company should look with pity on us and put an end to this darkness.”
Similarly, Blessing David, another resident in the area added that the electricity supply in the area would reduce the cost of trekking far to access water for the community.
“We have to walk far to fetch water from a river or buy from people, who drilled borehole.
“The government should come to our aid for us to enjoy the dividends of democracy by establishing schools, provide electricity and healthcare.”
On his own part, Mr Emmanuel Sarki, called on the government to equip the health care centre in Kobi to enable the four communities in the area have access to medical aid.
He however, expressed optimism that President Buhari’s second tenure would enable the government focus in areas that had not enjoyed government presence in the past.