BY TARKAA DAVID, Abuja –
It was finally a dream come true for the people and residents of Gidandaya-Ajata community under Orozo ward in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as they witnessed the presence heavy duty equipment mobilised to site for the reconstruction and reconnection of their road network.
The elated residents and visitors of the Gidandaya-Ajata Community could not hide their joy and excitement as they gave kudos to the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who through the Ecological fund had finally brought their years of nightmare to an end through the on-going road construction work.
When LEADERSHIP visited the project site, the elated community leaders said they were impressed by the quality of work being undertaken by the contractor, Gafaaru Worldwide Nigeria Limited who mobilised to site only last month and had begun aggressive work to contain the threat of erosion ravaging the community, owing the absence of drainage facilities to contain water flow.
They noted that the menace of garbage truck drivers who until now had turned the entire stretch of the road to a major refuse dump site had been contained, and the road which hitherto was impassable had been opened up for public use.
A staff of a newly built filling station, which shoulders the road being re-constructed, disclosed that the intervention of the road project was what spurred his boss to hurriedly complete building work on the filling station, because commercial activities were expected to pick-up in the area.
According to him, “This filling station that we plan to open by next month was rushed into completion by my boss when he saw that work has started on the Gidandaya-Ajata road.”
Continuing, he stated, “Before now, we cannot sit down or stay in this area for 5 minutes because of the stench oozing out from the mountain of dumpsite which the garbage truck drivers turned this place into, but now, we thank God, the heap has been cleared and an asphalted road is even being built there.”
The road project LEADERSHIP learnt will not only give the community access to the once thriving but closed down and now already bubbling market with socio-economic activities, but it will also afford easy access to the Nigerian Army Resettlement Estate, Phase 5 which work is almost completed to complement the similar Army Resettlement Estates in Phases one, two, three, and four.
Aside the Army Resettlement Estates, LEADERSHIP learnt that there are more than 15 other privately developed estates that stand to benefit from the road project. Also mentioned is the Deeper Life Retreat Camp which often hosts thousands of the Church faithful and worshipers who must routinely use the road to access the church.
The Site Engineer, Yakokosha Karshi, explained further, “We mobilised to site in October just as the rain was receding, and this is strategic, owing to the nature of the earth in Ajata here and scope of work we have to do.
“So far, we have had to fill the earth of the road in order to achieve the standard road level with over 3000 trips of laterite and we have done close to 4000 trips of garbage and refuse clearing from this site alone, to get the work started, especially, the drainage.”
Karshi, who stressed that the drainage work stretched from the market side down to the main road, noted that the work in that regard was already at 80% completion stage.
“You will also notice the pockets of box culverts we built in the middle of the road to contain heavy water-flow from the drainage, so that there would be seamless flow from one point to the other and to solidify the road, while also getting the road’s accurate level to beat future water congestion,” he added.
Going into the technical details of the work so far done, Engineer Karshi educated that “the drainage system was built to specification at two-by-two meters in height and width and the culverts at one by one meter in depth and with.”
A senior Army officer who does not want his name in print but claims to have a property in the Phase 5, when spoken to, simply said, “I came to inspect the level of seriousness of the work these guys are doing. You know, I plan to live the rest of my life very soon here, so, out of curiosity, I came to interrogate them and to see things for myself, and I think I like what I see. They are damn good!”
Many of the community leaders who also spoke to LEADERSHIP gave kudos to the Federal Government and lauded the immediate past Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Hajiya Habiba Lawal, who until now, was the director general of the Ecological Fund for speedily coming to the rescue of the community.
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