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Establishing Gas Plant Near Jumma’at Mosque Worries Tirwun Community



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Tirwun Community in Bauchi metropolis are protesting the siting of Gas plant in a highly crowded residential area housing Mosque, Eid-el Ground, petrol station, mechanical workshop and residential houses, among others.

The community argued that in every industry, sector or business environment, there are laid down rules, guidelines and procedures guiding their operations or thriving.

A press statement by the community made available to press in Bauchi Thursday, noted that oil and gas are one of the sectors reputable for high regulatory bodies and policies as part of its deliberate effort to maintain standard while curtailing sharp practices.

Tirwun however wondered that the case of Action Energy Plant and its supposed host community has turned out to be what could be best described as ‘beating a child and preventing him from crying’.

“Despite laid down rules and regulations, there are always bad eggs in every system just as clearly manifested by Action Energy. The Department for Petroleum Resources (DPR) is one of the regulators for filing stations and gas plants of the oil sector. And the procedures guiding establishment of the same is very clear”.

The community statement signed by Barden Kudun Bauchi, Dr. Hayatu Mustapha noted that one of the focal requirements is to maintain 15 meters’ setback between the proposed gas plant and its surrounding buildings and 50 meters between the gas plant and Mosque.

Mustapha said however that Action Energy flaunted this requirement and went ahead to situate its plant in the midst of very sensitive surroundings housing a petrol station, residential accommodations, Tirwan Juma’at Masjid, Eid-el Ground, mechanical workshop, among many others.

“Concerned residents and other stakeholders mobilized and approached the management of Action Energy to reconsider the location of the plant. Sadly, all pleas and entreaties fell on deaf ears as the proprietor rather informed the Maiunguwa that he offered to build a mini dispensary for the host community by way of community service”.

According to the statement, stakeholders in Tirwun when left without a choice, decided to institute a legal action, but to their dismay Bauchi State High Court declined the request for experte order despite the fact that it is a matter that affects lives, thus stroking out the case even without serving the affected community.

Tirwun community approached different regulators of the sector, including DPR, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, and State Urban Development Board (UDB), among others, but it was UDB that harkened to the voice of reason and decided to do the needful by halting the ongoing work at the site.

Community expressed gratitude to UDB for its prompt response and action in halting the ongoing work at the site of Action Energy, expressing their confidence on Maiunguwa for carrying out his mandate.

They however expressed dismay that Action Energy after failing to meet the safety requirements and fear of demolition, instituted a lawsuit against UDB and secured experte order to maintain status quo that is not to have the building demolished but instead maintaining the status quo.

Regrettably, Tirwun community cried out, Action Energy has continued with the work despite the stop work order is still being in forced, while the company also took the host community to court for demanding justice and resisting intimidation.

“Today, 17th October, 2021 Action Energy has continued with the construction work despite the stop work order by Bauchi State Urban Development Board”.

The Tirwun community assured Action Energy and their supporters that it is not giving up the struggle as, according to the people, the situation of the gas plant is inimical to the lives of worshippers at the Tirwun mosque.

“It is also life-threatening to the thousands of students at the Qur’anic School and Eid Ground. The plant is also a great danger to the inhabitants of the area”, they said.

They argued, “Our position remains emphatically that the distance between the gas Plant and the mosque as well as the surrounding properties does not meet standard regulatory guidelines for establishment of a gas plants”.

Community therefore called on the Bauchi state government to, as a matter of urgency, demolish the gas plant as Action Energy has continued to defy its stop work order.

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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Gov Fintiri Turbaned As New Gyana Bachama




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Saturday turbaned as the new Gyana (defender) Bachama by Hama Bachama and Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom, Homun Daniel Shaga Ismaila.

The colorful event which held in Lamurde, the headquarters of Bachama Traditional Council was attended by State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth and some top government officials, party chieftains among others .

Speaking at the event, Homun Shaga Ismaila pointed out that the title is an additional responsibility on the Governor to championing the course of peace and prayed that it will be a path to progress and development of the land.

The royal father commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for ensuring peace and security in Bachama Kingdom revealing that his peace loving subjects now go about their lawful businesses without any hindrance.

“Your Excellency, you have brought peace in our land. Our people now go to their farms in peace without any fear of attacks. I wish you the best of luck in the forthcoming elections and beyond,” said the royal father.

In his vote of thanks, Governor Umaru Fintiri appreciated the royal father for bestowing on him the title of Gyana Bachama and noted that it will no doubt spur him to do more in the area of good governance for the state.

He reiterates his resolve to use the title to promote peace, development and prospery in Bachama land and Adamawa State as well as unite the diversed Adamawa people across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Governor Fintiri had after the turbaning ceremony in company of some top government officials proceeded to commission Governor’s Lodge which was a joint project constructed in Lamurde town.

Highlight of the turbaning event was cultural dance display by various groups.

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Just In: Adamawa Govt Set To Construct Modire Road In Yola




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State says the government will soon flag off construction of Modire Road in Yola South LGA to ease the hardships of motorists and the community.

The Governor announced this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He said survey of the road will soon be conducted for commencement of the project by the contracting firm, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

The Governor equally reminded the people how his administration built Nyibango – Yolde Pate road, saying that of Lakare – Bole project is still ongoing and will be completed in the next 3 months.

“We have so far delivered on our 11- point agenda and in the second tenure of my administration, we will pursue on 8-point agenda for continued reformation of all sectors in the state,” said the Governor.

The Executive Chairman, Yola South LGA Council, Engineer Mohammed Hamidu commended Governor Fintiri for executing People’s oriented projects in the area and assured him massive votes of the residents.

In their separate remarks, Mohammed Yahaya Marafa and Madam Salome Nelson thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing Lakare – Bole road among other giant strides such as payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had earlier assured the people of Yadim and Ukituki Wards of Fufore LGA of continuity towards Improving security, and education among other sectors if re-elected.

The Governor who was in Yadim on the political campaign announced the readiness of the Government to asphalt the rural road leading to the area constructed by his administration adding that more projects will be deployed to the community.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while receiving decampees into the party, assured them fair treatment while urging them to mobilize votes for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at the event, PDP Candidate for Verre Constituency, Mr Japhet Hammajabu said Yadim and Ukituki wards supported the Governor in 2019, and will indeed double their votes for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

The Sarki Tsabta Adamawa, Alhaji Hamman Adama Ahijo who recalled how bad the road leading to Yadim was before the coming of the present administration, thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing it and assured him bloc votes of the community and environs.

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