Niger’s Agwara community decries 32 years of neglect by govt

The people of Agwara Local Government of Niger State are contending with lack of basic amenities despite 32 years of continuous appeals to the State and Federal governments.

Sarikin Duwatsu Agwara, a district in Borgu Emirate, Alhaji Zakari Hassan Muhammad, who made the disclosure to DAILY COMMERCE over the weekend, said the presence of government in his community has been grossly lacking amid its economic contribution to the state.

Alhaji Zakari who spoke in his palace in Agwara town on the sideline of wedding Fatiha of Faruq Musa Goni, a son of the Conservator General of the National Park Service, Dr. Ibrahim Musa Goni, said ”We are pleading with Niger State and Federal government to come to our aid in terms of roads, water and electricity”.

Without the intervention of federal and state governments, Sarikin Duwatsu Agwara noted that the local government cannot achieve infrastructure development amid meager revenue and allocations.

“On the issue of security, Agwara has been a home of peace, and with the efforts of our vigilante personnel and security agencies, we have been able to curb insecurity,” Alhaji Zakari said.

DAILY COMMERCE reports that Agwara is an agrarian community of 67, 413 population, prominent for rice and groundnut cultivation by peasant farmers, according to the 2006 census.

Dilapidated public water supply facility sighted from Sariki’s palace and fallen electricity poles and cables on the road as observed by DAILY COMMERCE correspondent, begs for quick intervention by Niger State Governor Umar Bahgo on basic amenities including provision of facilities for basic education in Agwara.

The community is about 140 kilometers from New Bussa, the host community of the prominent Kainji Dam and about 100 kilometers of unpaved road from the Borgu sector of the Kainji Lake National Park.

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