Abaji coun­cil chair­man re­vokes cor­ner-shops

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The chair­man of Abaji Area Coun­cil, Al­haji Ab­dul­rah­man Ajiya, has re­voked cor­ner­shops space at the coun­cil’s main mar­ket that was al­lo­cated to some in­di­vid­u­als by the past ad­min­is­tra­tion of Al­haji Ya­haya Garba Gawu.

Ajiya, who re­vealed this at the palace of Ona of Abaji last Thurs­day, said the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to re­voke the land was be­cause due process was not fol­lowed by the past ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore al­lo­cat­ing the spa­ces to some in­di­vid­u­als.

He said the coun­cil had met two weeks ago with ex­ec­u­tives of the coun­cil’s branch of the mar­ket traders as­so­ci­a­tion be­fore he ar­rived at the de­ci­sion.

He fur­ther in­formed the chief that he came and met three bro­ken-down trac­tors, but the coun­cil has started re­fur­bish­ing them in or­der to give out for hir­ing ser­vices to ru­ral farm­ers in the coun­cil, adding that plans are on to li­aise with the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion on the need to buy new trac­tors in the area.

“But even be­fore we em­barked on re­fur­bish­ing those trac­tors, a file was brought to me that I should ap­pend my sig­na­ture that those three trac­tors had al­ready been auc­tioned by the past chair­man, which I de­clined and in­sisted that we must in­vite en­gi­neers to come and look at them if they were worth re­pair­ing,” he said.

The chair­man thanked the peo­ple of the coun­cil for the mas­sive sup­port they gave to him at the poll, say­ing the coun­cil will try its best to pro­vide the needed ameni­ties to the peo­ple as the fi­nance of the coun­cil started im­prov­ing.

Ear­lier, the Ona of Abaji, Al­haji Adamu Baba Yunusa, called on res­i­dents of the coun­cil to put more ef­forts in farming ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

He fur­ther ex­pressed hope that with the visit of the FCT per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Dr. Ba­batope Ajakaiye, to the Abuja Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy site, aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties will soon take off so that the youth and un­em­ployed grad­u­ates will also have the op­por­tu­nity to get em­ploy­ment.

The Chair­man of Abaji Area Coun­cil, Al­haji Ab­dul­rah­man Ajiya, in­spects one of the re­fur­bished trac­tors in the coun­cil re­cently.

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