Triacta’s Rock Blasting, Making Life Unbearable for Us – Bauchi Community Complains

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BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Residents of Birshin Fulani village a suburb of Bauchi metropolis in Bauchi Local Government Area have cried out against the rock blasting activities of Triacta construction Nigeria limited in their area.

The people specifically said that Triacta Nigeria Limited have made life unbearable for them through pollution of the environment and causing a major cracks on buildings on a daily basis.

Speaking with Journalists on their pathetic situation in the hands of the company, some of the affected residents lamented that the activities of the construction company which also come with loud volcanic sounds that create so much panic amongst the people thereby posing serious threat to their health.

One of the residents, Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, said that the company has been in the area for over 15 years, adding that whenever it wants to use dynamite to blast rocks, the company would order them to vacate their homes, stressing that he was once beaten up by a staff of the company for refusing to leave his neigbour’s house which lies few metres from where the blast took place.

Ibrahim further said that the activities of the company does not only cause environmental hazards but worsen the condition of people with ailments such as asthma and allergies.

Another resident, Tukur Muhammad said that despite the destruction allegedly caused by the company in the area, they lack basic amenities like water and hospital, adding that the only presence of the company is a constructed road to the palace of the district head of Birshi about five years ago as well as a block of classrooms which was abandoned half way.

Responding to the allegations by some of the residents, the village head, Alhaji Isah Ciroma acknowledged the destructive activities of the company, saying they have received several complaints from residents but that they set up a community development committee that liaises with the management of Triacta Nigeria Limited to agree on the project the company will carry out as part of their social responsibilities.

When contacted, officials of the company in the state declined comment on the matter and instead directed journalists to the Federal Ministry of Environment which they claimed gave them the license to operate in the area.

All efforts to get the reaction of the state Ministries of Environment and Works did not yield positive results as the Commissioners’ mobile lines were switched off when our Correspondent called, just as the member representing the area in the state House of Assembly, who also the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Danlami Ahmed Kawule could not be reached for comments as he neither picked nor returned calls or replied short messages sent to his line. 

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