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FCT promises to improve living standards of residents

KWALI – The Minister of State for FCT, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, has assured residents of government’s readiness to improve their living standards.
She gave the assurance while inaugurating completed roads in Kwali Area Council on Tuesday
The roads were the 5.5 km Yangoji-Dafa road and 0.7 km Angwan Cashew road.
Other projects included the 107 solar powered street lightening systems and the installed 500 KVA transformer.
Akinjide said the provision of the roads was an important intervention capable of hastening the country’s social economic transformation.
According to her, it is the intention of the FCTA to implement programmes and projects that are designed to make life meaningful for the people.
“The FCTA rolled out a massive plan in partnership with the area councils for infrastructure development and provision of welfare amenities in the area councils and satellite towns.
“Today, the fruits of these projects are visible and include construction of roads and bridges in the councils and upgrade of some health care centres to the level of general hospitals’’
She also mentioned the introduction of community health insurance policy to 30 communities and free ante-natal and medical treatment for children under five years.
“There are efforts to renovate and overhaul the entire primary health care infrastructure in the FCT councils’’, she said.
She said the FCTA had also engaged 10,000 youths and women into the SURE-P from various area councils.
Akinjide added that 20 million had been set aside for each micro-finance banks for micro credit loan schemes to graduate trainees in the FCT.
Earlier, Mr Ibrahim Daniel, Chairman of Kwali Area Council, said the the roads would facilitate the transportation of farm produce from the villages to the major markets within and outside the area.
He said transport fare and cost of foodstuffs had dropped by 50 per cent since the completion of roads in the council.
He, however, drew the attention of the FCTA to the Kwaita-Yebu-Kigbe road projects awarded in 2005 but yet to completed. (NAN)