…“Protest ill-conceived, share envy” – Landlord.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A fraction of a community in Ungwan Dosa in Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State has reportedly launched series of protests against alleged proximity and location of telecom mast to Islamiya School and mosque in the area.
The community protests, spearheaded by one Bello Kagara and one Amodu, alleged that radiation from the telecom Mast has adversely affected some Islamiya pupils and even turned some residents in the community into deaf as well as affected their road, among other hazards.
Reacting to the allegations, the landlord of the land hosting the telecom Mast, Alh Ahmad Shuaibu, described the allegations as share envy, baseless and without any scientific evidence or medical proves.
Alhaji Shuaibu further expressed displeasure that such allegations or complaints could now be made against the telecom Mast installed twenty years ago. According to him, the telecom Mast was installed in the year 2000, therefore, older than the school and the mosque by far.
He explained that at the time the telecom Mast was installed, the plots hosting the school and mosque were empty land and occupied by only motor mechanics, being amongst the first telecom Mast installations in the State.
He said “The Hon Chairman Kaduna North local government, Hon. Mukhtar Baloni, has not said anything new that what I have said before concerning lack of medical evidence linking the fear to radiation from the mast.
“The federal and state governments have agencies whose responsibility and modalities are there to guide the operations of this kinds of installations, and any infringement or disregard to their role should be targeted at the relevant agencies for intervention, not me.
“And I think some of us should intimate ourselves with what the rules and regulations are, before coming out to say whether or not the telecom Mast radiation is responsible for this or that hazard.
“There are over a thousand Masts in Kaduna State; why is this one peculiar? The whole argument started from a different perspective, that the telecom Mast company is trenching to lay a fibre on Lere Street (now Suleiman Aliyu Diri Road), and that they said they fill they were not involved.
“And that they should be involved. I said I didn’t tell the company to do that, and that the relevant authority that should be contacted is government agencies to inform them about any destruction on their road,” Shauibu said.
He also said “My relationship between them is land-and-tenant relationship only; and, therefore, why should I go and tell my tenant to do this or that when I don’t have any problem with them. At a point I even called and offered to lead them to the company and asked to come and go with me but they refused.
“There are also residents, shops, school and mosque around the area, but all of it met the Mast there. All these issues have been championed by a couple of few people and is selfishness and envy, and it’s because they said they have not been carried along or involved. I even heard them saying, ‘We are not benefiting anything.’” Earlier, the local government area chairman was in the area to see for himself and went to intervene where necessary. Finding revealed that there were plans to mobilize some group of youths to go and cut down the Mast installed for public good at benefit for selfishness.