By Muhammad B Muhammad
Inline with his urban renewal programme, Adamawa Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Wednesday said he intends to construct another flyover bridge in the state capital before the completion of his tenure in office.
With this development, Adamawa will boast of being the only state that will have three flyover bridges in the entire northeastern part of the country courtesy of the Fintiri administration.
Governor Fintiri made the revelation in an interview with newsmen shortly after inspecting work on the grade interchange at the former police roundabout in Yola which has reached advanced stage of completion.
The Governor noted with satisfaction the quality and progress of the work and vowed that his administration will continue to provide purposeful leadership for the betterment of the lives of the people.
“The whole job is excellent and fantastic and our people are happy about it. We will continue to providing such edifice that will easing the lives of the people by fulfilling our mandate along the way,” he said.
Answering question on why the project is still ongoing despite the present harsh economic condition, the Governor said government has achieved this by cutting down wastages in governance.
“We are cutting wastages and deploying resources into the appropriate channel. We are doing this to revive the state from the suffering we went through such as insurgency and other criminality in the state,”the Governor said.
While thanking the citizenry for supporting his administration, Governor Umaru Fintiri stressed that the government will continue to abide by what people want so as to develop the state for the better.
On the criticism by some members of All Progressives Congress APC against government projects, the Governor maintained that the state has no opposition but noise makers.
He added that they lost focus since when they governed the state as they failed to utilize their tenure to change the lives of the people and put the state on the pedestals of development.
“I will continue to tell you that we have noise makers in the state as far as we are concern. There is no opposition in the state. I don’t see them. I must tell you that there are only people that make noise.
“They were giving this opportunity they could not utilise it. They didn’t even look at this state first for anything. We are here less than three years and people could see something tangible and meaniful projects on ground,” he said.
On his part, the commissioner of Works and Energy, Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar said the grade interchange project is ninety Percent completion and revealed that hopefully it will be completed before 2021 year runs out.
The Managing Director of Triacta Nigeria Limited, Engineer Elie Abu Farahat said the projects will be completed within the timeframe while the company will ensure quality of the work.
Governor Umar Fintiri was taken round the legacy project by Commissioner and Permanent Secretary ministry of Works and Energy, Adamu Atiku and Engineer Suleiman Mohammed.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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