NGO tasks FCT minister on development of Gbagalape community


Women of Worth (WOW) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called on Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Muhammad Bello, to assist Gbagalape community in Abuja with infrastructure.

Gbagalape is a border town between the FCT and Nasarawa State and the community is mainly accessed through a hilly, rough and bumpy narrow road from Kabayi, also in FCT.

The other entry point is through an erosion threatened road from Phase 4, Nyanya, FCT.

Mrs Jamila Mohammed-Sheji, the FCT Coordinator of WOW, told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that constructing access road to the community would improve socio-economic activities in the area.

She said that accessing the remote community from Nyanya, a satellite town, was not easy due to bad nature of the road.

She added that “the truth is that the community needs infrastructure. The people need to feel the presence of FCT Administration to have a sense of belonging.

“Government should as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of Gbagalape community,” she appealed.

She explained that the NGO recently distributed educational materials to over 1,700 pupils of Local Education Authority (LEA) Nursery and Primary School, Gbagalape.

She noted that WOW was an organisation made up of women with passion to help the needy, saying the group donated educational materials ranging from exercise books, erasers, sharpener and math sets to the primary school “but the children need more than books.

“Though it was not much, WOW members contributed funds in our little way to empower women and children, as well as visit orphanages, old peoples’ homes to render help.

“We wish we could do more to touch lives in our little way.”

She emphasised that in spite of the fact that the FCTA might not be able to provide facilities to all communities in the territory at the same time, it should consider Gbagalape.

Another member of WOW, Mrs Idongesit Abel, said the vision of the group was to reach out to the less privileged in the society.

She added that “we tried as women and mothers, to be the eyes to government and other people who required platform to reach out to the less privileged.

“We are people who seek to add value to the society and that is why we came together to do the little we can for the pupils.

“The FCT minister should find time and come to the community to see things for himself. The people in Gbagalape community need to feel that they are in the FCT.”

Newsmen reports that the Gbagalape LEA Nursery and Primary School, with more than 1,700 pupils, is suffering from infrastructure decay, with pupils sitting on the floor to learn.