Kuje lacks basic infrastructure –Residents

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Kuje (FCT)  –   Some residents of Kuje Area Council in FCT have alleged that the area lacks basic amenities while the infrastructure is deplorable.

The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kuje, said the dilapidated infrastructure was affecting businesses in the area, appealing to the council administration to take appropriate measures.

They said the shortcomings had constituted setback to the smooth delivery of democratic dividends to the people of the area.

Mr Samula Nuhu, a yam farmer from Lanto village, expressed displeasure over the bad road leading to his farm, saying that made it costly to transport his farm produce to the market.

“Farmers operating in Lanto area are suffering; we have to cross a bridge and pass the bad road before our goods get to Kuje market.

“After harvesting my yams, it is always difficult to convey farm produce to the market for sales due to bad road.

“We need good roads to be able to carry effective farming and transport our farm produce to market,’’ he said.

Malam Aminu Garba, a butcher, said that the slaughter room and the road for transporting meat to Kuje market were appalling.
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He said the previous administration built the abattoir which he observed had been abandoned by subsequent administrations.

Garba said lack of water at the abattoir and bad road from Lanto area had also made it unhygienic and difficult to meat and farm produce to market.

“The abattoir had been in existence for a long time and has not been renovated all these while; we don’t get water to wash the meat properly and the slaughter room is bad.

“The road by which we convey the meat to Kuje market is in a bad shape and very dusty. The meats are covered with dust before we get to market,’’ he said.

He, therefore, appealed to the Kuje council authorities to repair the road and equip the abattoir with the necessary facilities to improve meat business in the area.

Sharing similar sentiments, Mrs Laraba Usman, a resident of Lanto area, expressed concern about power outage and lack of access to potable water in the area.

“The Kuje Prison road is in bad condition, the students and workers using the road don’t find it easy at all,’’ she said.

She also appealed to the council authorities to come to the residents’ aid and provide basic amenities to develop the area.(NAN)

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