Written by Laraba Murey

AMAC chair hands over amenities to communities

As part of measures to promote inclusive governance and sustainable development, the authorities of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, have handed over some newly constructed social amenities to host communities across the political wards in the council. 

Some of the completed projects which include; boreholes, health centers, access roads, blocks of classrooms and amongst other, were handed over to leaders of communities in Gui, Kabusa Orozo, Jiwa, City Centre and Gwarinpa wards respectively. 

Performing the official handover, AMAC Chariman, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, said all the projects, are 100 percent completed and are ready for use. 

Candido said the essence of the handover to various communities was to ensure effective use and maintenance of the facilities by the same end-users in rural areas. 

He, however, cautioned people against getting the amenities vandalized, but rather manage them, adding that it's for their use; because the resources that were used to provide the facilities are owned by the communities. 

His words: "We felt that it was necessary for us to handover these facilities to the end-users, who happened to be our people in the rural areas. That is exactly what took us round to inspect and handover these facilities for use and maintenance by the same end-users. 

"We are sensitive to the poor maintenance culture of our society, which is one of the reasons why government facilities fail. We have told the people that these amenities are theirs, they shouldn't get them vandalized, but rather manage them, as it's for their use; and the resources that were used to provide these facilities are theirs therefore they should see them as their own property." 

The AMAC boss adds: "It's expected that they use the amenities wisely, and if they are vandalized, government cannot have enough money to put in place these kinds of things. 

"So we have gone and finally handed over these amenities to end-users, and because we have tutored them on what to do, they should be able to maintain them, at the end it's their own property." 

Reacting to the development, Chief Hassan Auta, the village Head of Karasana community, where the AMAC chairman commissioned and handed over a motorised borehole and generator, described the projects as unprecedented by the council. 

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