Indigenes of Tangale in Biliri local government area of Gombe State resident in Gwagwalada and Kwali area councils in Abuja have launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of a befitting town hall in the nation's capital.

The project they say will also serve as a skills acquisition hub for sons and daughters of Tangale and other community members so as to empower them for self-reliance especially with the growing unemployment rate in the country.

To this end, the town union under the auspices of Tangale Community Development Association (TCDA) Gwagwalada-Kwali Axis has set a target of N30m for this edifice expected to commence in the first quarter of 2023.

At the official launch of the project fundraising in Abuja on Saturday, the chairman TCDA Gwagwalada-Kwali Axis, Ketos Audu Willy stated that the community has been confronted with challenges of renting a befitting venue for its meeting, which has necessitated the initiation of efforts to own a town hall.

While stating that a large majority of members of TCDA in Gwagwalada-Kwali Axis are peasant farmers, he expressed optimism that with the support of well-meaning sons and daughters of the town, the project will become a reality.

"This is also in line in joining other town unions to own a decent town hall. Other communities in Abuja have a similar project, so it will serve as an avenue to generate income also as well as empowering our young people with skills to make them employable or even employers of labour.

"As a responsible community, we associate with other tribes in this axis, exhibit our culture and live peacefully with them. This project when completed will strengthen that bond" he said.

While citing security concerns as reason for absence of some invited guests and dignitaries, he expressed optimism that support will come the way of the association in executing this laudable project.

The chief host of the event and the cultural leader of the association, Gerald Teleh stressed that this project will also serve as an event centre, equipped with state-of-the-art technology to be rented out for the purpose of income generation for Tangale community.

He said the community understands the economic challenges around the country at the moment, adding that the voluntary donation of funds will continue among TCDA members in the axis and beyond while the project lasts.

While expressing concern over the depleting value of Naira, the elder statesman said the one year target for the project completion will depend on availability of funds, urging for cheerful donations to achieve this target.

In his comment, the chief launcher and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Gombe South Senatorial District, Hon. Anthony S. Yaro (Makaman Waja) while applauding the initiative by Tangale community pledged his support towards the actualisation of the project.

Hon. Yaro said he is committed to building the bridge of peace and unity in the entire local governments and towns that make up the senatorial district which he said is lacking at the moment.

According to the political and community leader, a research system has been put in place by his office to identify the remote and immediate causes of crisis around communities in Gombe South and proffer solutions through a round-table dialogue.

He reiterated his readiness to redefine effective representation if elected the next senator of the district, urging for the support of Tangale people and other communities in Gombe South.

The organising committee chairman of the ceremony, Mr. Timothy Zelani thanked the people of Tangale community for coming out in large numbers to identify with this project, expressing hope that it will be accomplished and other ones executed in no distant time 

A daughter of the community, Ruth Lamalate noted that the community can accomplish a lot when they come together, saying the unity of purpose in Tangale Community Development Association, Gwagwalada-Kwali Axis is worth emulating.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, she expressed dissatisfaction with the number of women who emerged presidential and governorship flag bearers across the country, urging women to do more to support themselves to have a significant representation in the nation's political environment.

Highlight of the event was the display of rich cultural heritage of the people.



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