Alleged di­ver­sion of road projects to SGF's vil­lage crit­i­cised

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kabiru R. An­war,Yola

Res­i­dents of com­mu­ni­ties lib­er­ated from Boko Haram have ex­pressed con­cern over ‘un­due pri­or­i­tiz­ing’ of projects in favour of the vil­lage of the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, Babachir Lawal.

The con­struc­tion of the road to Kwom­bula vil­lage, Adamawa State, is gen­er­at­ing crit­i­cism to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­con­struc­tion ef­forts, rais­ing con­cern among many that the Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion might be lean­ing to­wards nepo­tism and self-cen­tered­ness.

Some res­i­dents also frowned upon the re­con­struc­tion of Kala’a bridge which falls in the SGF’s home lo­cal area of Hong while other bridges in Mada­gali and Michika had not been at­tended to, leav­ing sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties cut off as rivers flow wild this rainy sea­son.

A le­gal prac­ti­tioner, Bar­ris­ter Muham­mad Ayuba from Mada­gali, won­dered why the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would give pref­er­ence to the SGF’s area which he said was least af­fected, at the ex­pense of Mada­gali, Michika and other ‘badly af­fected’ com­mu­ni­ties, stress­ing that the level of de­struc­tion by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents was much higher in Mada­gali and Michika than in Hong.

“Both Gover­nor Bin­dow and the SGF dis­ap­pointed us. It is a shame that the road to SGF’s vil­lage and Kala’a bridge were given un­due pri­or­ity,” he said, call­ing on gov­ern­ment to di­rect lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to re­turn to the lib­er­ated com­mu­ni­ties, say­ing the of­fi­cials spent lo­cal coun­cil funds in Yola and Abuja where they stay at the detri­ment of the people.

An­other res­i­dent of Mada­gali, Hauwa Lami, said, “Re­con­struc­tion projects should be evenly dis­trib­uted. If there is any need for pri­or­i­tiz­ing, Mada­gali should come first, then Michika, Mubi, Maiha be­fore Hong and Gombi.”

She urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to float a spe­cial fund for wi­d­ows and or­phans who she said con­sti­tute the ma­jor­ity of re­turnees to the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

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