With just a little over two months to the end of 2019, stakeholders of Sabon Tasha Ward in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State are saddened that none of the projects earmarked for the 2019 budget in the ward has been executed.
The stakeholders, comprising of civil society organisations, social media activists, community leaders and journalists expressed displeasure when they embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the sites on Friday October 18, 2019.
The three projects allegedly captured in Chikun LGA 2019 budget are; the Jemaa Road, Ungwan Bulus to Ungwan Dodo axis surface dressing said to have been pegged at N15m, with the stakeholders urging the Interim Chairman of the LGA, Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza to execute same before the year runs out.
The second project is the Ungwan Boro – Patrick Yakowa Way road, which was said to be budgeted for about N38.2m in (2019), while same road was budgeted in 2018 for N12m, which work was said to have been started.
The third project, fencing of Sabon Tasha Central Cemetry at Ungwan Pama, said to have been budgeted for N10m.
During the tour, the Ungwan Boro-Yakowa Way road was noticed to have been deteriorating, after the job started last year was abandoned.
The traditional ruler in the area, Wazirin Boro, Sunday Sani when visited by the stakeholders, confirmed that contrary to standard regulations, no committee from the community was set up to monitor the progress of the project.
“There was no committee set up in respect of the road. We saw them start the project, some said it was the state government, later we heard it’s the local government executing it. Even the contractor we saw on site, said he was a sub contractor, so we could not find out much from him,” he said.
Speaking further, he disclosed that they are planning to meet with the local council interim committee management to appeal for timely completion of the project.
“We expect to visit the LG chairman to express appreciation and stress the need to complete the project,” he said.
At Ungwan Pama, Chairman of the cemetery, Taru Adamu said he was not aware that any contract for the fencing was awarded and stressed that he has not seen anyone there in respect of the job, neither has any materials for the job been brought to site.
On the Jemaa Road axis, Dakacin Tsaunin Kura, Malam Isa Auta when visited, said that he was happy with the visit.
He said they were unhappy that even a single road, government has not constructed in their area.
“It has been long Jemaa road issue has been bordering us even in the GRA, not a single road has been constructed.
“I urge you not to rest on your oars, but God will bless you and strengthen you to take the advocacy to the right places.
“I am ready to support you in this quest because we have not been given any roads. I pray to God that you are successful in this quest,” he said.
Earlier before embarking on the tour, CALPED Convener, Yusuf Goje told the stakeholders that the engagement was important because of scarce resources available to government for projects execution.
He explained that in view of that, a harsh tag, #developsabontasha has been launched on twitter, in view of Sabon Tasha’s size as one of the largest and most populated in the LGA.
The Councillor, Sabon Tasha Ward, Honourable Ganaka, was part of the team that embarked on the tour.
Culled from NewNigerianNewsPapers