Decades ago, the local government system was less attractive and its purpose of establishment was at near collapse, due to how irresponsive those who administered the third tier had rendered the constitutional aim useless.
The local government, which was the pride of the rural dwellers that appears as the only mediator between the federal and state government was in comatose with no challenging impact to the grassroots as it only serves as a collection center where those privilege to have enjoyed employment goes in and out for their salaries with no significant contribution to the development of the host community.
In Nigeria, a country with not less than 774 LGAs only but a few can account for rural and community development that has direct bearing on the lives of their people. At a point, the local government system hands up in even environmental sanitation and creating of public awareness to some Federal and state government programmes that are beneficial to their people.
These was occasioned by hijacked of the local government finances by some state governors,in the guise of Joint Account that ended up in squeezing the effecacy and effectiveness of the administration of the LGAs by those if at all are assumed to be the elected chairmen of the local governments.
However, since the grant of the local government autonomy and it’s practice in Nasarawa state under the administration of the incumbent governor, Engineer Abdullahi A.Sule which has given a rise in development by some elected chairmen of LGAs in Nasarawa state, there has been springs of community development,which in some cases the governor was drafted to commission.
KARU local government area ,under the leadership of Honourable Samuel Akala Gajere, has on several occasions had the privilege of hosting the state governor to such commissioning of projects initiated by the council in the last two years of his three years in office.
On Monday, at Angwan Pa Iche, a community of Panda Development Area of KARU local government area in Nasarawa state, the deputy governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe was present as he performed another round of Samuel Alana’s project of a primary health care clinic.
This was apart from some others that the governor himself had commissioned at Uke and Roguwa, amongst roads schools and housing projects that the council chairman has as his legacy projects.
Also Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the PHC in the area on Monday, the council’s chairman Hon Samuel Gajere stated that the clinic was not only renovated but built by his administration from the foundation to its eventual completion.
In fulfilment of its determinations to ensure that its people in the rural communities have access to quality Health care services without travelling to distance places to access same services in already congested health facilities.
The chairman then expressed his gratitude to the Deputy Governor of the state Dr Emmanuel Akabe for honouring the occasion to perform the commissioning ceremony.
“Aside what we are witnessing today, my administration has also delivered many infrastructure development and services to our people in various sectors which include education, road,housing, healthcare and a host of other. All of these are part of our overall goal of making a mark and leaving a lasting legacy for our people. “he stated
Akala however use the opportunity to advised the people and especially of the community that is the immediate beneficiary of this project to ensure that this facility is protected and well taken care of saying that, this is our legacy but is your own facility that should be maintained for the benefit of all and many generations to come.
While performing the commissioning the Deputy Governor commended the Karu local government for keying into people’s oriented projects especially the Health care which was designed to add value to the people especially the rural communities who often finds it difficult to access health care services.
He then assured that Engineer Sule led administration would continue to support all well meaning projects and programmes designed to add value to the people of the state.
Meanwhile some of the benefitting members of the community interviewed expressed their happiness with the project while they said would help them access health care services easily.
Traditional ruler expressed gratitude over development projects in panda
The paramount ruler of Gurku chieftain in Karu Local Government area of Nasarawa state Alhayi Jibrin Gurku has expressed his gratitude to both the Nasarawa state and Karu local government council for undertaking developmental projects that impact positively on the lives of people in the area.
Speaking with journalist in panda after the commissioning ceremony of a primary Health care clinic in the area on Monday ,the sarkin Gurku expressed the delight that the people of the area have reap the dividends of democracy.
He said the developmental projects embarked upon by both the Karu Local government and the state’s government, the traditional ruler stated that the various roads project undertaken would contribute greatly in opening up the area for socio-economic activities especially that most of the people in the area that need the road to transport their agricultural produce to the markets.