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This petition has been signed on paper by over 17,500 urban poor residents in the FCT who do not have access to internet. On 15 December 2015, community delegates marched to the National Assembly to present it. 

We thank all signatories for their ongoing support! 


This petition urges all newly elected officials and administrators of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to step up public service delivery to urban poor residents living in and around Nigeria's capital city Abuja.

Abuja is one of the fastest growing cities across the world. It was designed for about one million residents, but now counts about six times that population [2]. Millions of residents are dwelling in informal settlements that lack even the most basic amenities. Many are living in abject poverty. 

Rather than denying these citizens the right to a dignified life in our capital city, Nigeria's government has the duty to create affordable homes, jobs, and well-functioning public infrastructures for everyone. It is time to turn Abuja into a genuine model city of inclusive and sustainable urban planning. How? By mainstreaming the needs of the urban poor in all urban development plans and public service delivery schemes for the FCT. 

Policies particularly are required to elevate the standards of living of urban poor women and girls, who tend to be hit hardest by the negative outgrowths of urbanisation.  Top priorities for action as identified by urban poor women and girls in the FCT include [1]:

1. Access to Livelihoods: Creation of jobs, training programmes, credit provisions and business development incentives for urban poor residents that will enable them to join the formal labour market (especially for women who typically have less livelihoods opportunities);

2.  Access to Water: Providing urban poor settlements with water supply systems that are electricity-independent (e.g. hand pumps, solar powered systems), adequately maintained, and managed by women collectives as women are the key stakeholders responsible for fetching water);

3. Access to Waste Management and Sanitation:  Provision of adequate and sustainable waste collection, toilet, sewage, and drainage infrastructures in urban poor settlements across the FCT, and immediate environmental sanitation of communities that are heavily polluted due to inadequate waste management and sanitation infrastructures;

4. Access to Health Care: Strengthened primary health care service delivery in urban poor settlements, including adequate staff provisions (full-time availability of skilled nurses and medical doctors), adequate supply and storage of drugs and vaccines, suitable provision and maintenance of equipment and facilities, reliable provision of water and electricity, adequate toilet facilities, proper hygiene and sanitation, and regular independent inspections;

5. Access to Education: Strengthened primary and secondary education delivery in urban poor settlements, including full-time availability of qualified teachers for all grades and subjects (maximum student to teacher ratio: 1 to 40), provision of enough classrooms and desks,  adequate supply of teaching aids and materials, reliable provision of water and electricity, adequate toilet facilities (including separate toilets for male and female students), proper hygiene and sanitation policies, adequate school fences, strengthened student supervision, improved response mechanisms to school based violence, and regular independent school inspections;

As the signatories of this petition, we are requesting our government to swiftly take action to address these urgent needs. We want our government to show its commitment towards meeting the United Nation’s 1st Sustainable Development Goal: end poverty in all forms.

Along with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, we are urging our government to address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty. “Humiliation and exclusion are powerful drivers of social unrest”, Ban Ki-moon declares. “We must break down the walls of poverty […]. We must build inclusive societies that promote participation by all.  We must ensure the voices of all those living in poverty are heard.”[3]

We trust that our newly elected government will stay true to its pro-people stance, and will take action to make sure that all citizens can live in human dignity and build a better future for their families and communities – including low-income residents in and around our capital city Abuja.


This petition can be signed by anyone supporting the cause. It was initiated as part of the bottom-up media advocacy project WATCH:


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  1. These priorities resulted from a series of participatory needs assessments conducted as part of WATCH in four communities in the FCT: Basan Jiwa (AMAC), Karumo (AMAC), Kayache (Kuje), and Kuchingoro (AMAC).
  2. Source: FCT Minister Mohammed Bello.
  3. United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message on the Occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2017.

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