Centre for Information Communication and Development (CITAD) and Actionaid Nigeria on Tuesday, led stakeholders from hard-to-reach communities on an advocasy visit to the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in his office at Area 10, Abuja.
The team was accompanied by stakeholders from Tunga-Ashere, Dakwa, Angwa Gwalada and Gofidna communities which are presently beneficiaries of interventions by the organisations.
While receiving the delegates, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, commended the collaborative efforts of Actionaid Nigeria and the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) towards uplifting the lives of rural dwellers in hard-to-reach communities in the council.
“We are very delighted at what CITAD and Actionaid are doing for our communities. Your efforts towards impacting on the people and advancing the couyrse of civilization on the people is highly commendable and we thank you for all the initiatives you have put together to improve the lives of the beneficiaries ,” the AMAC Chairman said.
The AMAC Chairman, Hon Abdullahi Adamu Candido presenting certificate to a male participant of the ICT training by CITAD, with support from Actionaid Nigeria.
During the advocacy visit, CITAD which had between November and December last year, conducted free ICT training for 17 staff of the council, with support from Actionaid Nigeria, presented the certificates to the chairman for onward distribution to beneficiaries.
The AMAC Chairman advised participants of the training to be good ambassadors, to justify the energy and resources expended to offer them the training. He also urged them to make good use of the skills acquired, saying, “what is left now is for you to translate what you have learnt to benefit the council.”
Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, one of the participants, Joyce Dan-Matthew, thanked the council for allowing them to take part in the training. She appealed for computer to facilitate their learning.
Earlier while welcoming the delegates, the Special Assistant to the AMAC Chairman on ICT and CSOs, Abiodun Essiet thanked Actionaid Nigeria for the training for AMAC staff and for supporting the communities.
Also, while making known the mission of the team, Programme Manager of CITAD, Salma Abdulwahid said the advocacy visit was to build relationship between the council and stakeholders from the communities for necessary interventions.
She explained that this will create the avenue for government to offer assistance to the community and meet their very pressing needs.
“We want to build relationship between stakeholders in the communities we are offering interventions and the area councils. “We are looking at sustainability so that when we are no longer on ground, these communities can be able to take their issues directly to the council,” she said.
According to her, CITAD and Actionaid Nigeria have been working in these communities and others in AMAC for about three years to improve the lives of the people in the area of ICT training, women empowerment programmes, mentoring children, menstrual hygiene promotion among women and girls, interactive session with youth on career and countering of issues of gender-based violence in the communities.
Delivering a goodwill message, the Social Mobilization Manager of Actionaid Nigeria, Adeduntan Adewale thanked AMAC for the willingness to collaborate with the initiatives of Actionaid in partnership with CITAD.
He said Actionaid is centred around the people as it focuses on how to lift people who are sideline and support people affected by social injustice to push them ahead. Adewale emphasized that Actionaid Nigeria is working to achieve zero hunger, zero poverty, promote good health, access to quality education and eliminate gender inequality.
He urged the AMAC Chairman to create an enabling environment to enable the beneficiaries of the ICT training utilize the skills acquired. In a remark, the Mai-Angwa of Tunga-Ashere, Sani Yakubu, thanked Actionaid and CITAD for their interventions especially for sinking borehole, deployment of ICT centre equipped with computers and other accessories, and giving their children access to education.
He appealed to the AMAC Chairman to address their most pressing need for electricity in the community.
The highpoint of the advocasy visit was presentation of certificates to participants of the ICT training organised by CITAD with support from Actionaid Nigeria, by the AMAC Chairman.