Opinion: On Kolmani Oil Well Controversy
Since the announcement of the success of oil discovery by the Muhammad Buhari-led administration, through Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC limited, people from different parts of the country, jubilate over the milestone achievement.
However, the development came with a lot of controversies by the citizens who are in one way or another other have a direct or indirect connection to the development that is from some groups of people and individuals from the host community.
Immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony which was attended by his Excellency President Muhammad Buhari, Bauchi State Governor Sent. Bala Muhammed, the Group Managing Director NNP, and Mele Kyari among other dignitaries in Nigeria argue breaks between the neighboring states, Gombe and its mother state Bauchi, about who owns the Kolmani oil well.
Besides, Bauchi may be right to claim the ownership of Kolmani oil because the oil well is located in Barambu, a village under Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi state, Bauchi’s cites the presence of their governor at the breaking ceremony as one of the reasons that they own the oil well.
Gombe state, on the other hand, has more than a reason to claim the ownership because of their closeness to the point where the oil was drilled. Therefore oil as liquid stuff can not just be for Bauchi alone.
Unfortunately, farmers operating within the host community of MaiMadi, kwaimawa among the other 7 communities complained that they were not paid for the damage done to their farmlands in course of the oil drill.
Among them, one claimed the ownership of the kolmani oil well which according to him was inherited from his father and yet to be compensated. Also, the report indicates that workers who served during the seismic operation were not properly paid but only promise to be paid on unspecified dates.
Farmers and other people from the host community should be well informed about the operation of that kind, to be able to seek entitlement associated with the oil drill operation in their localities.
With the aforementioned allegations, one must note with dismay challenging the Public Relations section of that particular for failing the Social responsibility service expected to render to those communities.
Above all, what Nigerians need to know is how much we need to poster national development above our interest to build Nigeria of our dream. We should also learn from the experience of our people down the south, there is a need for corporation and mutual understanding between the two states, the farmers, and of course the entire host community to benefit from such a remarkable achievement.
Ibrahim Garba writes from Bauchi.
How Politically Wise Is Governor Fintiri ?
By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng
There was hate outburst from the opposition party in the state about Governor Fintiri’s decision to denying them access to Ribadu Square for their campaign flag off. The governor expectedly stopped the ongoing renovation and grant them access to the place for peace to reign.Though, the opposition felt dishonored and considered another venue for the occasion.
As a result, all of the forms of insults, crooked lies, and stories were circulated against the governor but to our greatest surprise, the governor despite his long-time political experience didn’t utter a word and singlehandedly dealt with the political noisemakers. Indeed, Governor Fintiri is good at using silence and treat issues in the more salient way by showing a high sense of responsibility.
Though, the opposition All Progressives Congress campaign team was also super clever to have located a venue for the campaign in the heart of Jimeta-Yola metropolis. This helps stop many visitors from seeing the wonders the current administration has done especially in transforming Jimeta-Yola into a developed modern metropolis.
Honestly, Adamawa people are politically educated and know better how to go with the game of politics. Many were seen today trooping into the Jimeta-Yola metropolis to showing solidarity and unflinching support to the APC governorship candidate, Hajiya Aishatu Dahiru Ahmad Binani. A very strong woman that is known for her untiring support for women and children. This group of people has more than enough reason to support and campaign for her. Can she be able to win the election due to clear driving forces that the executive Governor has underground?
After the physical developmental projects laid down in the state and the excellent job done in the areas of education, health and civil servants’ welfare, and the security need of the state. And also the most honorable dealing of political matters. Did Binani stand a chance?
Unlike what we have seen in Maiduguri during Atiku’s visit, clear enmity was shown by those in authority. The executive Governor of Adamawa has maintained the tempo and made sure that the APC campaign Flag-off rally was free from political thugs even though, Adamawa was Atiku’s hometown and a People’s Democratic Party in the State.
Fintiri can now handle not only local champion politicians in Adamawa alone but the whole Nigerian politicians very well. His sense of honesty and hospitality has paid and every like-minded politician in Adamawa regardless of the political party must applaud his doggedness and extraordinary political approach.
Despite the immense and intense political pressure on him, the incumbent governor is seen leading the President’s entourage to the Lamido’s Palace with due respect and dignity. Without showing an iota or any kind of political differences. Something difficult for many to do and least expected from the governor himself.
Fintiri may perhaps win or lose the forthcoming election but his true loyalty, respect for almost all the politicians around including the opposition, and commitment to the masses show his clear quality as a competent true gentleman man that has the required leadership qualities.
Besides, the political rivalry in Adamawa is productive and lays some level of playing ground for every politician to be mindful of his words, and actions. Thus, leading to development in terms of infrastructure, society, and economy.
Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes From Yola.
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Youth And The Wayward Lifestyle
By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng
It is becoming the norm in society how youth to embrace a wayward lifestyle thereby deviating from cultural and religious teachings toward uprightness. Youth is considered an important asset to any society or country but the continuous growth of wayward lifestyles is bringing a doubtful mind over the future of the masses in hands of those unambitious youth.
Nowadays, youth fall into a questionable lifestyle from different means where the modernization of social media platforms encourages to take a complex part in influencing the youth to get involved in something usually unacceptable in their places, some of the youth were enforced by poor educational backgrounds or negligence of parent control during upbringing. By whatever means, the act of witnessing youth in such a way can be threatening.
Social media platforms are oftentimes opened with no strict and guided rules or regulations against any form of misbehaving. This, pave way for the display of nudity and other uncensored content leading to moral bankruptcy.
Those involved in this unfortunate act should keep it at the back of their minds that the internet doesn’t forget and should get ready for the consequences associated with their actions.
More often than not, womanizing has become cheap and affordable as many young men no longer see it as a habit that need not to be involved in due to its catastrophic consequences on the life of individuals. This particular act also makes them superfluously spend their money.
Also, the menace of drug use abuse has immeasurable effects and continues to threaten the life and the future of the younger generation. In most of our higher institutions, one must come across groups of students at various locations abusing drugs making them became academically unproductive and worthless. This has also greatly affected their physical, mental, health, and general well-being.
Political thuggery is yet another ugly act that youth involved themselves in, those youth are been sponsored by insincere political demagogues who usually see them as miscreant elements ready to kill and wound anybody against a particular political will, for chicken change rather than the future of the society.
Note that, the sons and daughters of those politicians sponsoring you were abroad studying perhaps in the world most prestigious universities and their employment also is guaranteed regardless of grade or qualifications.
Unfortunately, the youth’s recalcitrant attitude and the highest level of moral decadence in our climes is leading many to make posts on social media and attacking, traditional leaders, political leaders, and even religious clerics, disrespecting their persons because of differences in religious sects or other thoughts and controversial religious ideologies.
However, there are many ways to present your thought and ideas about burning issues in society without necessarily making pejorative statements against protected and respected individuals. One can criticize constructively going along with facts to sell ideas, opinions, or thoughts about contemporary and controversial societal issues.
For the children of the poor, It’s obvious that the labour market is jam-packed with graduates from various higher institutions of learning looking left, right and center for employment opportunities. And the government of the day out carelessness and strategic thinking kept on announcing to those poor youth that there were no jobs available. A situation that coacced many youth in to social vices and other juvenile delinquency.
Above all, it’s imperative for youth to utilize their youthful exuberance and maintain highest level of Decorum. Government on the other hand, should continue to create policies and programs that will help reduce the number of hundreds of thousands unemployed youth roaming the street to the barest minimum. Also, parents, traditional leaders and religious clerics should not relent in their efforts in preaching good morals making sure that those younger people are distinctively guided on religious beliefs, cultures, norms and values of our dear societies.
Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes from Yola.
A Look Into The Nutritious Camel Meat In Maiduguri
By Kashim Isa Muhammad
Camel meat is known for its nutritional and dynamic role in providing superfluous healthy standards in humans, keeping some parts of the body resistant to diseases that may cause harm or abruptly weaken the body. Camel Meat sale is considered a profitable business in some markets across the Sub-Saharan regions where it is mostly used for medical reasons.
The average meat consumption is on the increase annually and marketers’ verdict access to deliver numerous camels from the nearest countries with a concomitant border to Nigeria, such as Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroon.
The Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri has become a major means of livelihood for thousands of people and regular means of generating revenue for the Government. It is sustainably protective and accepted by the people, particularly in Borno State where the camel meat business is being upheld like other related butchery marketing.
From the observed crowd around the Kasuwar Shanu Market Maiduguri, which is the prevalent domicile for selling camel meat, the Market appears busy while diverse people come for business activities. However, there are branches of camel meat sellers, areas of reservations of the slaughtered camels, wholesalers’ posts, and stores that are kept and arranged for dissemination of the meat across the State.
Reports gathered revealed that camel meat sellers are categorized into various parts, some are carrying out the business within the market while others serve as street hawkers meant to purchase meat parts and sell them around the city.
Kasuwar Shanu is quite peaceful, businesses are moving smoothly despite some life-related challenges in the stock exchange and necessary demands.
In an interview, Yakubu Muhammad Gumsu, Chairman of camel meat hawkers disclosed to “The Citizen Reports” that the number of members under his watch exceeds 200. while lamenting how they run the business with fragmentary challenges of lack of capital due to global inflation and impediment in poor amenities.
He, in addition, revealed that they needed the government’s intervention by giving them ample support that will elevate their business, safeguard economic breakdown and develop a healthier society.
Also, Mallam Bahna, who is an active member camel meat street hawker association, stated that the business is money-making well, but sometimes faces challenges of derisory development after years of carrying out the business, emphasizing that they suffered from delivering the camel meat to most needy places around the city, which is attributed to lack of working materials like wheel-barrow.
He, nevertheless, called on the State government to assist them with necessary facilities that will promote the business and reduce the number of unemployed youths in Maiduguri and its environs.
Similarly, Alhaji Abubakar Guza, the Chairman of Kasuwar Shanu narrated to “The Citizen Reports” the background history of the Kasuwar Shanu Market, said: “The market was first founded sixty years back, where the butchery services are taking placing.” TCR inquired, “How is the camel business going here in Borno state?” He told TCR that, “Camel meat business is among the most important businesses running in the market, people are numerously coming to buy and the market is running stable.”
“From the sixty years of the market’s existence, when did the camel meat business begin?” The Citizen Reports asked, and he answered that “I witnessed the beginning of the business about forty years ago”
The Chairman also highlighted to The Citizen Reports that the camel meat business is optionally not a regular business due to some circumstances met by the sellers as they considered the level of demands and estimated the outcome of the profit.
Also, one consumer of camel meat told The Citizen Reports that he has been patronizing the market for seven years ago and this is due to the hygienic nature of the meat in circulation.
He explained that he developed an interest in camel meat against others because the meat is free from causing all forms of suspected ill.
Also, The Citizen Reports met with Dr Musa Zakariah, a lecturer with the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, who asserted that camel meat has been known to improve the digestive and nervous systems, and it has unique properties such as aroma and flavour.
He added that despite all the nutritional and health benefits, camel meat is yet to get market acceptability which could be due lack of awareness about the importance of the meat.
Mr Musa said there is a need for the enlightenment of the general public by animal health workers and nutritionists so that maximum benefit can be derived from camel meat.
However, despite the economic situation, there are rapid demands for camel meat from buyers around Borno State, but the decayed resistance in the business from finding it hard to earn capital for the purchasing of camel meat, has, undoubtedly, affected the business activities of the meat in Maiduguri.
The Associate Committee of camel meat sellers in their separate remarks called on the Borno State Government on giving them a helping hand to expand the business to make the camel meat available across the State.
Kashim Isa Muhammad writes from Maiduguri.
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