Residents of Bwari Local Government lament over the deplorable housing conditions in Bwari located in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.. Our correspondent, BIMBO ADENRELE reports on the welfare and the deteriorating infrastructures in Bwari.
Abuja theFederal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria in administrative terms is divided into six area councils namely Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC), Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Abaji and Kwali. Bwari plays host to important institutions and public establishments such as
Bwari Area Council Secretariat.
Bwari General Hospital.
Nigerian Law School Headquarters.
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Headquarters.
JAMB UTME Computer-Based Testing Centre, Kogo
Veritas (Catholic) University.
Politically, Bwari Area Council has at the helm of affairs an elected chairman with ten elected councilors representing the ten wards.
It is pathetic that despite these laudable structures erected in Bwari, residents in Bwari are subjected to deteriorating infrastructures especially housing which is one of the essential necessities of mankind aside from food and clothing.
Historically, Bwari derived its name from Bwayape or Bwaya (Bwari hill) which means pound here. Bwaya later metamorphosed to Bwari. Myth has it that in the 17th century a Zaria-based base hunter who settle there in the company of his family to hunt. He had given his wife some millet. His wife asked him where she is to pound and he said pound here thus the origin of its name.
Bwari occupies an area of 914.5km square and has a population estimated at 176,514 inhabitants with the majority of the area’s dwellers being from the Gbagyi and the Hausa tribal groups.
Bwari Area council consists of the following towns and villages Apugye , Barago , Baran Rafi , Barangoni , Barapa , Bazango Bwari , Bunko , Byazhi , Chikale , Dankoru , Dauda , Donabayi , Duba , Dutse Alhaji , Gaba , Galuwyi , Gidan Babachi , Gidan Baushe , Gidan Pawa , Gudupe , Gutpo , Igu , Jigo , Kaima , Karaku , Karawa , Kasaru , Katampe , Kawadashi , Kawu , Kikumi , Kimtaru , Kogo , Kubwa , Kuchibuyi , Kuduru , Kurumin Daudu , Kute , Kwabwure , Panda , Panunuki , Paspa , Payi , Piko , Rugan S/Fulani , Ruriji , Sabon Gari , Sagwari , Shere , Simape , Sumpe , T/Danzaria , T/Manu , Tokulo , Tudun Wada , Tunga Bijimi , Tunga-Adoka , Tungan Sarkin , Ushafa , Yaba , Yajida , Yaupe , Yayidna , Zango , Zuma.
According to Mr. Daniel Anyanwu a civil engineer who resides in FCC road in Bwari rent in Bwari depend upon the location of the area, the type of house you want to rent and your financial capacity. He said some areas are densely populated and some are not. He said that in FCC where he resides a room and parlour range between N1 50,000 to N200,000, while one room self contained cost N300 , 000. Furthermore, he said the two bedroom he resides in FCC Road costs N450,000. He said the challenges Bwari residents face is erratic power supply and bad roads. He said only few areas like quarters are tarred.
Mrs. Oluchi Augusta said for the past five months where she resides at the back of General Hospital no light and this destroyed her business of pure water. She said now she is a house wife. She said another challenge is water shortage, and bad roads.
Furthermore, she said people in her area and also Kogo phase 1and 2 live in abject poverty with no work and no food to eat. She said the implication is lot of children stay at home. She said a room and parlour cost N10 , 000 in her area while one room self contained is N150, 000. She urged the government to assist people in the aforementioned areas.
In a nutshell the people gave their mandate to the government for their wellbeing the government should live up to expectation and alleviate the deplorable condition of the masses.