The provision of basic social amenities to communities remains the sole responsibility of government. However, Paikon-Kore community in Gwagwalada area council may be far from enjoying these rights. TARKAA DAVID writes.
Paikon Kore is a community predominantly occupied by farmers. Though, it is located between Gwagwalada town and Dobi, the home-town of the member representing Abuja South in the House of Representatives, Hon Zakari Angulu, the town seems far from enjoying the dividends of democracy, except from the taking over of their lands for overriding purposes by the government.
Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in psychological review classified humans needs into five and each need must be fulfilled before the individual feels the desire and motivation to seek the other.
Maslow’s theory of psychological development describes stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms “physiological”, “safety”, “belonging and love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. Before a community seeks self actualisation, that community must have provided their physiological needs of food, air, water and shelter which are the basics of life.
The story of Paikon-Kore community, which is just few kilometers from the home of Gwagwalada area council chairman, Hon Adamu Mustapha Danze, is far from accomplishing the basic physiological needs of water and good shelter. Speaking to some of traditional rulers in the community, the village head of Paikon-Kore, Yusuf Baruwa lamented lack of potable water and appealed to both the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Gwagwalada area council to provide clean water for the community. Yusuf stated that residents of the community resort to open sources of water for drinking and cooking, even though water is considered to be one of the basic necessities of man.
The village head, who also lamented the epileptic power supply in the community, also appealed to the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to improve power supply in the community, adding that the present supply in a day does not amount to two hours a day.
While commending the chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Hon Adamu Mustapha Danze for his efforts towards the development of rural communities, he further urged the chairman to ensure due processes in the takeover of lands for overriding interest. He also called on the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to ensure that the indigenes are properly compensated before commencing work on the affected lands.
The district head of community, Alhaji Ibrahim Paiko expressed worry over the declaration of the FCT Minister for the take off of grazing reserve in the area.
The Barde of Paikon-Kore community, Paiko in a chat with LEADERSHIP urged the government to allow the community to live in peace with the herdsmen, whom he said have been living without rancour. Paiko noted that the Fulani and farmers engage in different forms of agriculture for survival, adding that taking the land from the crop farmers and giving to the cattle rearers cannot be adjudged fair.
He disclosed that the community has no any other source of living other than cultivation of arable crops and called on the FCTA to renege its decision, noting that the community, which votes people in various elective position deserves all thew dividends of democracy, adding that their lands are taken over often by the government for overriding purposes with little or no compensation.
LEADERSHIP recalls that the FCT minister had given an assurance that the Paikon-Kore Grazing Reserve in Gwagwalada area council would soon be ready for use.
The minister stated this when he was inspecting facilities at the grazing reserves recently which sparked controversy. Bello explained that the visit was meant to assess the facilities on ground towards the take-off of activities at the reserve.
He maintained that when fully operational the reserve would not only boost animal production, but also attract the development of value chain industries, which would in turn open up opportunities for Job creation for the teeming youth. The government had carved out over 8500 hectares of land in Paikon Kore community for the grazing reserve which does not go down well with the community members both youths and elders. This development led to a peaceful protest by the community
He said the grazing reserve would be equipped with modern facilities to give impetus to food production, just as he urged the community to embrace modern trends in agriculture. The government was however, silent on the plight of the community as they lack the basic needs of life such as pipe borne water and electricity
While restating the commitment of the administration to boost the agricultural sector, the minister added that the priority given to the sector was in line with the economic revival programmes of the present administration, which is aimed at providing the much-needed support to farmers, to alleviate poverty.
However juicy the promise was the district head of Paikon Kore, the community cannot accommodate a grazing reserve, adding that the Fulani and farmers are living in peace. “We are saying no to grazing reserve in our community because we are farmers, where will they take us to? We have been living with Fulani before, they should allow us to continue, we will do our farming while the Fulani rear their cattle.”
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