By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Residents of Sabon Tasha Ward in Kaduna metropolis have made a passionate appeal to Governor Nasir el-Rufai to come to their aid and allocate developmental projects to the ward in Kaduna State’s 2020 budget.
The appeal was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a One Day Capacity Building Training For Community Budget Tracking Team in Sabon Tasha Ward, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, held at the weekend..
“Appeal to the Executive Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-rufai, to come to the aid of the residents of Sabon Tasha ward by allocating developmental projects in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice in the 2020 budget,” it stated.
The participants were generally enthusiastic about the move to bring about development and progress to their ward – which according to them has suffered neglect from the government at all levels over the years, despite being the most populated in the local government.
Most of the participants belief that they are being deliberately marginalized by the government due to their political preference in the last elections and ethno-religious inclination; They argued that after elections, the decisions of government should favor all regardless of political affiliation or ethno-religious inclination.
“All the projects captured in the 2018 and 2019 Chikun local government budget for Sabon Tasha ward non has commenced, except that of Ungwan Boro to Yakowa way, which is now worse than it was due to abandonment,” it said.
They lamented that there is presently lack of or very bad roads and absence of or dilapidated social amenities in the ward thereby putting the residents under avoidable hardship.
In the communique jointly signed by Jessy Luka Ajeson (Sabon Tasha Youth Movement), Sheyin Wakili (Pama Youth Movement), Tachio Bonat (Galadima United Youth), Abdulazeez Daset (Ungwan Sunday Community), Safi’u Isreal (Ungwan Boro Youth) and Jonathan Umaya of the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment & Development (CALPED).