Mr Yunana Barde, the Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has urged Community Development Associations in the area to execute people oriented-projects to augment government efforts.
Barde made the call in Kafanchan on Wednesday when he received the leadership of Kafanchan (Fantswam) Development Association (KDA) in his office.
“I want to call on Community Development Associations to mobilize their people on community self-help projects.
“This will help fast track the pace of development in their respective areas as against depending on government for everything,” he added
Represented by the Vice Chairman, Christie Usman, the chairman said that for any society to grow, multi-dimensional approach for development had to be adequately adopted.
He stated that the council was always open to work with public spirited individuals and organizations to execute meaningful projects that have direct bearing on the populace.
The Council boss described Development Associations as partners in progress and veritable tools for rapid social transformation and peace building.
He lamented the continued activities of bandits and kidnappers in the area and called on traditional and religious leaders to work with government in its bid to end the menace.
Earlier in his address, the National President of KDA, Bonat Tagwai, said the group were in the chairman’s office to pledge their support to the council in its determination to provide purposeful leadership.
Tagwai appealed to the chairman to help in hastening the completion of the Kafanchan modern market, popularly called Yakowa market.
According to him, the market, when completed, has enormous potential to increase the revenue base of the council to enable it embark on meaningful projects for the people.
He also decried the alarming rate of school drop outs, drug abuse and unemployment among the youths in the area.
He advised the chairman to initiate empowerment programs that would equip the youths with skills to make them self reliant. (NAN)