Pegi, a community in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has called on the Federal Government and the FCT authorities to show more interest in the security of lives and properties of inhabitants of the area as well as the development of the community.
The community also thanked a civil society group, Positive Impact Organization for Community Development (PRIMORG) for its anti-corruption campaigns and Advocacy for provision of the basic necessities of life for Nigerians.
These positions were advanced by Pegi Estate Community Development Association (PECDA) at a Town Hall Meeting to seek the intervention of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) over insecurity and lack of development in the community.
Pegi, a resettlement community came into existence in 2006 when over 17,000 citizens whose houses were demolished in Karimu were relocated to the current location in Pegi.
The townhall meeting which took place weekend, was organized in collaboration with PRIMORG and 104.5 Love FM.
Highlighting the plight of the residents, PECDA Chairman, Taiwo Aderibigbe said that poor infrastructure and insecurity issues facing the community are occasioned by negligence or abandonment by the government.
He revealed that going by the original design of the community, Pegi was meant to be the most beautiful community in the FCT but has fallen short due to sheer negligence by those in authority.
He lamented that the whole community continues to suffer over the non-completion of the Pegi-Dafara road after over a decade of award of the contract while noting that the increase in the use of drugs by youths in the community has become more worrisome at a time kidnapping is also on the rise.
Aderibigbe hoeever singled out the Executive Director of PRIMORG, Okhiria Agbonsuremi for praises, for his efforts in ensuring the effective tracking of development projects in the community.
He said the return of the contractor to the Pegi road abandoned for over ten years after the contract was awarded could not have been possible without the guidance and advocacy by PRIMORG.
He said- “I must thank you (Agbonsuremi) and other members of staff of PRIMORG.”
On his part, the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo, was represented by Hon. Nuhu Tanko, reassured the community of his administration’s resolve to ensure their challenges are addressed.
Participants at the meeting and residents of the community took time to have their say during the auspicious occasion.
It would be recalled that PRIMORG through its radio programs had drawn the attention of the government and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to the poor infrastructure and fraud perpetrated by some AEDC officials through estimated billing in the community, which led to the electricity company providing meters to consumers and compelling contractors of abandoned Pegi-Dafara road back to the site.