FCT: Tungan Ashere in darkness despite N23m electricity contract 

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FCT Minister Muhammed Bello

Residents of Tungan Ashere in Bwari area council have decried the lack of electricity, classrooms, toilet facilities and water supply in school within the community.

Some of the residents, who spoke with Blueprint said government had abandoned the community without electricity for decades until last year when the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) approved a budget of N23 million to install electricity for the community but was abandoned, leaving the people in complete darkness.

The Supervising Councilor Works & Housing, Hon. Jagaba Adamu Sarki, while reacting to the development, said the community should exercise patience since funding has been an issue.

“Since the contractor has started work, they should be patient, especially now that he has resumed work again. You know the work cannot be done without money, so they will have to be patient. Since they have been without light all this while they should be patient,” he said.

According to a community leader, Mallam Sani Yakubu, electricity installation for the community was approved by AMAC since last year in October, with the contracting company starting work by positioning electrical poles in strategic points for the installation of electricity but was abandoned for about till date, leaving the community in absolute darkness.

“When the light project was approved, we as a community sat together to support it; we have suffered the use of generator to power our ICT Centre which helps our children and women. We contributed about forty five thousand to clear the trees in the community so the poles can be rooted in the ground.

“We even made our young men join the engineers to do the work in order to facilitate the project. After coming to dig the hole, they didn’t return to continue. All we kept hearing is one excuse or another. We have informed the higher authority in charge but to no avail,” he said.