Infrastructural upgrade of Kwali FCT

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By Chukwudi Enekwechi

WHILE the controversy rages over the autonomy of local government councils in Nigeria, the Kwali Area Council of Nigeria’s Capital Abuja is not leaving any stone unturned in delivering democracy dividends to the residents of the area. The Kwali Area Council under the able leadership of Honourable Joseph Shazin has adopted robust developmental strategies towards ensuring the development of the area council.

To this end, the administration has embarked on various projects especially the rehabilitation of some road networks, schools, water boreholes and repair of office rooms at the secretariat.

It is interesting to note that the Hon. Shazin’s administration has continued to deliver on its mandate to the people despite the paucity of funds arising from a significant drop in the monthly federal allocations.

The developmental strides they have so far recorded in a little over one year into the Shazin’s three year administration can be attributed to the superlative leadership style of the chairman and his team.

On assumption of office he realised the peculiar needs of his people which are mostly development -related and he hit the ground running by tackling them sector by sector.

Having laid a road map for the realisation of the most basic of the needs which is education, his administration has now embarked on the provision of motorable roads to the long-abandoned remote villages and agrarian communities.

It is noteworthy that most of the projects the Shazin administration has focused on are people – oriented and to commemorate his first year in office he commissioned various projects like the timber market, and the cattle market at Koroko.

He also commissioned renovated class room blocks, office blocks and toilet facilities in the Pilot Science Primary School, Kwali and Yangogi Primary School. He has also drilled several water boreholes in some Kwali communities.

These achievements are remarkable considering that some local government councils in the country usually give lame excuses for their inability to deliver life-changing projects to their people. The difference  is  the commitment leaders bring to bear on the responsibilities entrusted to them.

In the case of Kwali Area Council, Hon. Joseph Shazin and his team have continued to work tirelessly to improve the lives of Kwali residents. They have also proven that despite the lean federal allocation which has become a national malaise, with prudent management, the local government can still provide some developments to the residents within available resources.

The implication of the drop in Nigeria’s national oil earnings is that both states, local and federal governments are affected.

The solution however lies in innovative thinking and prudent management of human and materials resources and this is what is playing out in Kwali Area Council where Hon. Shazin steers the ship with humility, wisdom and knowledge. His many years of experience as an educationist, teacher and administrator have amply equipped him to manage the Area Council well.

He has also been able to accomplish significant milestones based on the cooperation of the people, staff of the area council and traditional rulers. Kwali area council has today become an example of how local governments in Nigeria should operate and this achievements and style of leadership are worthy of emulation.

In this era of diversification ,governments at all levels have a duty to ensure that other means of generating revenues are explored in order to meet the increasing demands of their constituents. In the case of Kwali area council, agriculture happens to be the mainstay of the economy and it  is  gratifying to note that the Shazin administration has been supporting farmers with necessary tools and implements to ply their trade.

Abuja being the seat of the federal government is already witnessing expansion and surrounding areas like Kwali with its strategic location can take advantage of the opportunities that will result from the expansion of the city centre. Local governments as the  third tier of government remain the closest access of development to the people. Therefore, the federal and state governments have a responsibility to adequately equip them towards meeting their day to day challenges. The support they need most is the allocation of more resources which will enable them to cater for the various needs of the rural dwellers which in most cases are numerous.

Kwali area council has shown a good example of how a local council can manage scarce  resources for the benefit of the citizens. This commitment is noticeable in the regular payment of staff salaries while carrying out other pressing responsibilities in the area.

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