Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: Kitikpa Community Appeals for Extension of Electricity

Residents of Kitikpa community in Abaji area council in the FCT, Friday appealed to the authorities of the council to assist in extending electricity to the community in order to boost socio-economic activities in their area.

Spokesman of the community, Usman Dauda, said lack of electricity has been among the challenges facing people of the community, informing that the population of people living at the village keeps increasing with the influx of dry season farmers.

He said the call for the extension of electricity in the area become necessary as it will go a long way in promoting business activities in the community.

"At least, if we can have electricity in this community, there are many people, who are desirous in going into business such as welding, hair dressing, barbing salon as well as selling of cold drinks," he said.

He also complained of lack of clinic at the community, saying sick people travel to neighboring Gawu town to seek for medical attention, adding that the communities also lack enough boreholes.

"It is only at the peak of rainy season that people of this community always have a sigh of relief in terms of water, while at the dry season our women have to trek to the stream to fetch water because the only borehole we have cannot serve the entire village," he said.

The spokesman further complained that farmers at the community could not access the FCTA subsidized tractors which were distributed last year by the authorities of the council, saying farmers only depend on local farming method to cultivate their farm.

He called on the authorities of the council to come to the aid of residents of the community in sinking additional borehole in order to cushion the effects of shortage of water facing people of the village especially at the dry season.

Also, residents of Gasakpa community have lamented over the deplorable state of the road linking the community to Gawu village.

Spokesman of the community, Malam Saidu Yahaya, said the deplorable nature of the road has been the major problem facing residents especially farmers at the village, saying residents hardly ply the road during rainy season.

He appealed to the authorities of the council to build a clinic in order to reduce the stress patients face in travelling to neighboring Gawu village to seek for medication.

When contacted, press secretary to the chairman of the council, Salihu Umar Kombo, said most of the communities' requests have been captured in 2013 budget.

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