Friday 23rd June, 2017
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SERVICOM tasks Agency on development of border communities

SERVICOM tasks Agency on development of border communities

The National Co­ordinator and Chief Executive Officer of SERVICOM, Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, has stressed the need for border communities to be provided with ba­sic amenities and infra­structure.
Akajemeli, who was on an advocacy visit to the Headquarters of the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), said Nigerians living in border com­munities deserve equal treatment and provision of basic developmen­tal facilities as all other communities in the country.
“Communities around the borders deserve equal access to public services like any other community because they are citizens of this coun­try and they should also have a sense of nation­hood”, she said.
She enjoined the man­agement of the Agency to work towards ensur­ing sustainable social economic and infra­structural development of the border commu­nities in the country as this would rekindle their patriotism and boost na­tional security.
Akajemeli said regular consultation with such communities would en­able the Agency to iden­tify the actual needs of the people in order of priority, adding that ser­vice standards should be in place and properly implemented.
The details of Aka­jemeli’s visit to BCDA were contained in a press release issued yesterday by Mrs Patience Musa, the Public Awareness Manager of SERVICOM.
The Executive Sec­retary of BCDA, Mr Numoipre Wills, also expressed concern over the dearth of social infra­structure in most border communities. He noted with dismay that some of these communities access better social amenities such as electricity, hos­pitals and schools from neighbouring countries.
He explained that the activities of the Agency were interventionist in nature and expressed op­timism that with the re­cently improved funding to the Organisation, more infrastructural projects would be identified and carried out for the over­all development of the border communities so that the lost patriotism from such communities would be restored.

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