- An agency established by the federal government to reach out to border communities in the country is changing lives
A community has gotten new classrooms, cluster farms and a borehole courtesy of the Border Communities Development Agency, BCDA
- A laboratory and staff quarters were also built for the community's school by the BCDA
The Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) has built brand new classrooms and staff quarters for a school in a border community in Jigawa state.
This was revealed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, March 23 by Mr. Sadiq Abdullahi Isa, the deputy director of the public affairs and protocol unit of the BCDA.
According to the statement, the projects were inaugurated as part of the activities marking the working visit of the executive secretary of the BCDA, Captain Junaid Abdullahi, and management members to border communities in the north-west state.
The team visited the border communities in Jigawa state from Monday, March 15 to Tuesday, March 16.
On arrival, they paid a courtesy visit to the deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Namadi, and briefed him on their mission.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Captain Abdullahi stated that between 2015 to 2020, BCDA has executed a total number of 93 projects cutting across various socio-economic sectors for the agency in Jigawa state.
He went further to inform the deputy governor that the agency will inaugurate a micro-cell cluster farm with two hectares and a solar-powered Borehole project in Kazaure town.
He added that the projects include blocks of classrooms with an equipped laboratory, solar-powered borehole, and staff quarters at Junior Secondary School in Kazaure local government area.
The deputy governor in his response appreciated the efforts of BCDA in the execution of developmental projects that have continued to benefit the people living in the border communities in the state, assuring the agency that the executed projects will be put to good use.
He also said Jigawa state will continue to partner and collaborate with BCDA to ameliorate the people living in the border communities in the state.
The BCDA team then proceeded to the commissioning of the projects which was received with appreciation by the benefitting community leaders and stakeholders, who say it will impact positively on the socio-economic wellbeing of the people living in their domain.
During their courtesy call on the Emir of Kazaure Alhaji Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu who was represented by his council chiefs, the BCDA team had a robust interactive session with the emirates council, key stakeholders, and community leaders.
The leaders also requested the construction of a town hall in the border community.
The Executive Secretary of the BCDA in his response said the agency is happy when projects executed and handed over to the benefitting communities are well utilized and impact the people.
He went further to say the agency will continue to do more for the upliftment of citizens living in the border communities in Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that the BCDA has executed 24 capital projects and 69 zonal intervention projects in Jigawa state between 2015 to 2020.
The agency will also execute 10 capital projects in its 2021 budget in the state.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the BCDA commissioned an agricultural project in Sokoto state recently.
The initiative is in line with the agency’s mandate to ensure sustainable social, economic, and infrastructural development of border communities in Nigeria.
Recall that the BCDA recently completed a transformer project for a border community that has been without electricity in the past 11 years.
The traditional leader of the community in Ogun state, the Oniko of Ikolaje, His Royal Majesty Oba John Olakunle Ojo lauded the executive secretary of the BCDA for the life-transforming project.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.