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Residents raise alarm over construction of gas plant in Bauchi community




Some residents of Tirwun and ATBU Kari Property Workers Quarters in Bauchi metropolis, Sunday night appealed to the involved authorities to, as a matter of urgency, put a cease to the development of a fuel plant by a non-public power firm, Motion Vitality Nigeria Restricted, of their space.

The residents whereas addressing journalists on the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Bauchi submitted that constructing the proposed fuel plant, Soro Petrol Filling Station on the ATBU-Kari Property street reverse the Tirwun Juma’at/Eid mosque was not solely hazardous but additionally harmful.

Spokesperson of the residents, Muhammad Gurama, who was in firm of Muhammad Ali Chiroma, Mubarak Hamza and Abdulmalik Saleh Yalwa, expressed the concern that in an occasion of any explosion, lives of hundreds of worshippers on the Tirwun Juma’at/Eid mosque in addition to residents could be in danger.

In accordance with him, the truth that the fuel plant could be sharing the identical premises with a petroleum station offered a double jeopardy the place one would ignite and gas the opposite, declaring that, “It’s extra like two time bombs ticking to detonate at any second.”

Citing cases of fuel explosions in some elements of the nation, together with Lafia, Kaduna, Lagos, amongst others, the spokesman stated having the fuel plant in a residential space was nothing however ready for hazard to occur.

Gurama claimed that the approval obtained for the fuel plant was quickly issued with out recourse to the Bauchi State Hearth Service Directorate, including that the house owners of the proposed fuel plant failed to offer an Environmental Influence Evaluation (EIA) report back to the host neighborhood to determine the consequences and mitigating measures.

He additional claimed that the supposed entry street to the proposed fuel plant was simply meant for residential functions, including that it was constructed to serve the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (ATBU) employees quarters and never meant to offer entry for gas and fuel vans.

The protesting residents’ spokesman alleged that regardless of a ‘cease work’ order on the fuel plant since Could, it was nonetheless occurring with development earlier than the state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, just lately issued a contemporary order final month.

“We’re conscious that BASEPA and Bauchi State City Growth Board have each issued ‘cease work’ order on the fuel plant however they refused to conform since Could 2021, whereas one other cease work order was just lately issued by His Excellency, Govt Governor of Bauchi State in July, 2021.

“Whereas we extremely respect and are grateful to governor of Bauchi State for his well timed intervention of issuing stop-work-order, which Motion Vitality had and remains to be flagrantly violating, we want to name for the revocation of the property title so as to save lives,” Gurama stated.

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