39.1% of Abuja Communities Live Below Poverty Level – MDGs


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), office of the Federal Capital has revealed that out of the 858 communities in the territory, 336 communities representing 39.1 per cent were living below the poverty line of N10, 000 per annum.

Chairman of the project implementation of the Federal Capital Territory MDGs, Mr. Isah Ari, made the disclosure when the House of Representatives Committee on Area Councils and Ancillary Matters visited the agency on oversight function last week.

Commenting on the huge expenditure of N865 million for a water project in Robuchi in Kuje Area Council and Abaji Area Councils, Ari stated that the terrain is difficult to access water, noting that the water project is one of the greatest achievements of the MDGs in the territory.

“Mr. Chairman and other members of this great committee, I want to state with all sincerity that if the water project in Robuchi and Abaji is the only achievement recorded, I am greatly delighted. Before the intervention of MDGs. these communities did not have access to portable water,” he said.

In his response, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Ibrahim Ebboh, described the budget presentation of the MDGs as “well collated document with pictorial evidence,” but observed that some of the pictorial projects do not tally with the percentages in figure.

He, therefore, tasked the MDGs to submit to the committee within one-week details of all projects executed and the communities that have benefited from the scheme.