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Changing The Face Of Yola



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Austin Ajayi I Yola

The administration of Alhaji Ahamdu Umaru Finitiri came on board with a mind set to give the state capital a new look that can be compared with other developed cities in the world.

It came up with a program call Urban Renewal projects, these projects includes the rehabilitation of delapitated roads and other infrastructure and construction of new ones.

To set the ball rolling, governor Ahamdu Finitiri awarded contract for the construction and rehabilitation of 346 km roads across the state and the construction of what is now a pace setter in the Northeast subregion, the construction and commissioning of the first flyover in the state and the first ever interchange flyover which is over 95% completed in the state capital.

The contract award to Msser Triacta Nigeria Limited in August, 2020 with a delivery date of 18 months for both projects.

Managing Director/CEO of Triacta Nigeria Limited, Mr. Elie Farhat While signing the contract agreement said,his company will deliver on or before the agreed date if all the parties involved lived up to their side of agreement.

Fifteen months down the line, the project many seems like a project that will be a mirage has come to reality.

Motorist who spoke with our correspondent did not hide their feelings of joy and praise to the governor and the company, Triacta Nigeria Limited for not just keeping to the promise but also delivering quality job.

Mr. Michael Godwin a public servant said “I am very happy to be part of this beauty that is now with us, never have I imagine we will have such in ADAMAWA but today Yola is now in the league of beautiful city in the world”

Adamu Faratua, a business man who travels outside the country for his business said ” I am proud to be from this state Adamawa, I have only see this kind of interchange in Dubai but today we now have it, my prayers is that it should be mentained. It has given the state capital a modern value he said.

Our correspondent reports that a lot of residents spoken to on their thought over the interchange and the first flyover in the Northeast expressed joy over the new look state capital though,there were few decending vioces who felt the money spent on the project should have been used to build industry.

Ego Michel, a resident of Yola town said ” the interchange and flyover projects are misplaced priority, we have thousand of young graduates roaming the streets, instead of empowering these youths, the governor is building Projects that can not be maintained”

Speaking on the project that is over 95% completed, the Commissioner for Works and Energy Development, Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar, who spoke through the Parmanent Secretary of the ministry said the project is a dream come true for the governor who made a promise to change the face of the state capital so as to conform with what is obtainable in the developed cities across world.

“Our mandate as a ministry is to ensure that standards are met and mentained, the commissioner added that when we were given this task, we were sceptical but when the company Triacta Nigeria Limited who won the bid told us they are ready and promised to deliver on or before the agreed date and Haven seen what they have on ground we became a little relaxed”.

“What we did was to approach the state House of Assembly to approve 40% upfront payment as against the 30% normal payment, this really helped because with this money in their account,the company was able to but materials needed in large quantity and that is why we do not have much viration in the contract sum despite the economic challenges”.

Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar further said the successes recorded within the agreed time came with a lot of challenges, according to him ” we had to contend with traffic flow but with adquate enlightenment by Road Safety Corps, the Police and VIOs were able to address it”.

One of the biggest challenge we had was paying compensation and the frigrant abuse of developmental plans of the state, people build on roads, waterway and unauthorized places and even power supply agngcy and network service providers erect their poles on areas that were meant for development.

Project Manager of Triacta Nigeria Limited, Engr. Hassan Ghanem told our correspondent that the state government commitment was one of the reasons the job was completed in record time.

“We have track records that we always try to maintain and I am happy we were able to deliver,the entire team worked hard to achieve this feet”

” I must commend the efforts of the state government for keeping to their own side of the deal, like we promised, we are going to deliver on or before the agreed date, we are over 95% gone in the interchange,I assure you as soon as we resume next year we complete the job and deliver to the state government “.

“We had some challenges but the state government was able to address it and we happy to be part of governor Ahamdu Finitiri dream of making the state capital a modern city”

Pix 1MD/CEO Triacta Nigeria Limited, Mr. Elie Farhat.

Pix2 Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar.

Commissioner Of Works and Energy Development.

Pix3 Engr. Hassan Ghanem,
Project Manager, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

Pix 4&5 New look Former Police Roundabout.

Pix 6 Gov. Finitiri

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Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax




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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 Nation.

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The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu




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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.

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Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG




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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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