New-Karu (Nasarawa), Feb. 21, 2019 The people of Badna community in New-Karu, Nasarawa state has called on the state government to provide electricity and other basic infrastructure for their social and economic development.
Chief Danjuma Kaura, the leader of the community, made the call during an advocacy visit to his palace by Youths for Peace Building & Development in Africa (YOUPEDA), an NGO, on Thursday.
The chief recalled that before 2015, politicians had been coming and making promises to the community, to provide the people with infrastructure but regretted that the promises were not fulfilled.
According to him, the community lacks access road, electricity, pipe borne water among others, stressing that absence of such facilities has slowed the development of the community.
“Badna is close to Abuja, in less than one hour, one can travel by road from here to Abuja, if the road is accessible..
“However, because of lack of access road, the same journey now takes more than an hour to accomplish.
“It is very unfair, even our children and wives also suffer the result of lack access road in this community,“ he said.
For the children, they find it difficult to be transported to their school while farmers experience hardship in getting to their farms.“
Also, the community youth leader, Mr Yakubu Audi said, ‘We will be glad if the state government can provide us with electricity to boost development as well as to curb youths migrating to the urban city for white-collar jobs and other greener pastures.
“We are citizens, we obey the laws and we vote during all elections, so the state government should also remember us and include us in  its rural development prograsmmes so that we too can enjoy dividends of democracy, ’’ he said.
Mr Peter Onyeigwe, leader of YOUPEDA team, assured the Chief of the determination of the group to continue to engage the community in advocacy that would attract government presence in the community.
Onyeigwe said that the NGO would soon launch Active Citizens Committee in Badna and other communities in New-Karu to elicit government response in providing infrastructure for the communities in the area.
He also said that the communities in the area would be part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programmes for women, children and youths.
According to him, most of the communities have what it takes to have model for community-driven change.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Dada Ahmed