By ISRAEL BULUS, Kafanchan
The chairman Jema’a local
government area, Hon Peter Danjuma Averik has expressed dismay over the delay by Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) to restore power to the area despite concerted interventions and pleas from key community and political leaders of the local government.
Hon Averik expressed his
concern during an emergency stakeholders meeting convened by the Community Development Charter (CDC) Champions to discuss developments critical to peace and economic ellbeing of the people in the local government yesterday.
During the meeting
which was held at the local government board room, Kafanchan, the chairman said he has made efforts including leading a high-powered delegation of eminent stakeholders including the member Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon Ali Kalat to the company’s headquarters in Kaduna in an attempt to broker understanding with Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company on the need for them to restore light to the local government and wondered what must have been the reason for the continued delayed.
Hon Averik lamented what he called challenging experiences being faced by small business owners as a result of the power shut down, and however appealed to the people to remain calm and patient, assuring them that he would not relent in mobilizing efforts to ensuring that electricity supply is finally restored to the area as soon as possible.
He again regretted the incident that led to the complete power shutdown in the local government and advised the people especially the youths to always explore legal means in addressing situations instead of resorting to demonstrations which he said is often hijacked by people with dubious intentions.
On the on-going Urban Renewal Projects in the capital town, Kafanchan, the chairman encouraged Civil Society Organizations and the people in the area to own and help government supervise the projects to ensure quality and prompt execution according to the contractual specifications.
Speaking in the same vein, the Councillor representing Takau Ward, Hon Luka Ayuba extolled the leadership virtues of Hon Averik especially, his concern to the welfare of the people and commitment to ending the perennial power problem in Ugwan Musa community and pleaded with the chairman to further make a case on the issue to KAEDCO so that the community may enjoy Electricity supply just as other communities when power is eventually restored to the area.
On his part, the Head of the CDC Champions in Jema’a Local Government and convener of the meeting, Ambassador Godwin Kumai Akau congratulated the chairman for coming second in the local Government Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (LFTAS) rating by the independent verification agent, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) saying that the people of Jema’a Local Government are blessed to have him as their leader at this time.