Residents of Abuja @ 30 Estate Pegi, Kuje area council have decried their neglect by the government since they moved to the area.
This is just as sthey accused the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration of not honouring the agreements entered into with them before they moved to the estate.
The 53-female-occupants of the estate said that living in the new community which they relocated into since December, 2011 had been very challenging due to lack of water, electricity and other social amenities in the area.
Leader of the women, Naomi Tukura, a retired nurse who welcomed the Minister of state for the FCT, Oloye Olajumoke to the estate listed their challenges and appealed to the minister to as a matter of urgency direct her staff to open up the facilities in the area.
“We do not have water, there is no light the worst of it is that we do not have a market to transact business” she lamented
She said the cost of going to Kuje market to buy food items was taking a toll on their meagre economy.
“Honourable minister, I want to on behalf of the women here thank you for giving us these cheap homes. We are grateful but please direct the officials of the FCT to open up the market so that we can do business and live a better life here,” she said.
Speaking in a similar vein, another woman in the community, Chinyere Nwogu, said she moved into the community in November 2011 and it was challenging getting water for domestic use.
According to Nwogu, residents in some parts of the estate had to compete with animals to get water from a pit dug by a rock where they collected water for use.
Reacting to the issues raised, Akinjide assured that the administration was doing everything to ensure that every missing amenity was put in place before the end of the year, hence her visit.
She howver attributed the absence of some of the amenities to lack of security in the area, saying the administration was making efforts to ensure that all allotees move into their houses so that there would ba a community to take responsibility of amenities when in place, noting that it was difficult to put amenities in a place where their security was not guaranteed.
The minister of state said a committee had been set up to liaise with the community with a view to resolving the issues raised.