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Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2019

Adamawa rice mill: Experts urge restraint as community bemoans substandard construction

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

The officials of the Border Community Development Agency, BCDA has appealed to the communities of Gurin district in Fufore local government area in Adamawa state to exercise restraint on their complaint against alleged substandard construction of the Rice Mill in the area.
It could be recalled that the Federal Government in a bid to encourage rice farmers to boost their yield awarded the project for the construction and installation of milling machines in selected states where rice production is carried out in large magnitude across the country.
Team leader of the experts from the agency in Abuja, Engineer Bonnet Habila while addressing the community members in Gurin town, said the agency dispatched its team to the area after the receipt of their petition over the saga for an on the spot assessment of the project site.
Engineer Habila with other team members expressed disappointment with the standard and level of work on the ongoing construction of the Rice Mill in Gurin pledging to record back exactly what they found on the ground for immediate and necessary rectifications Habila added that the headquarters will be able to review and upgrade the project so as to conform the acceptable standards if given their report as soon as they get back to Abuja.
He also commended the Gurin Development Association for their civilised method in reporting the matter and show of concern on the poor execution of the rice structure in their area calling other Nigerians to follow suit.
Responding on behalf of the construction firm handling the project,Meenzee Prestige Company,Alhaji Idris Turaki said contract of the project was awarded to their company last year at the cost N25Million.
Turaki gave assurance of effecting some structural changes where necessary and to connect the mill to electricity from the available national grid.
Earlier in his address, chairman of Gurin Development Association, Alhaji Abubakar Salisu explained that the Association decided to write the petition to the agency because the project was haphazardly executed which not a healthy situation for us as humans.
Salisu appealed to the agency and Ministry for Border Integration to intervene and ensure all anomalies in the highly welcomed and appreciated project are rectified immediately.
Meanwhile, the correspondences between the two parties made available to this reporter has shown that the association’s petition written on the 26th November,2018 and was received and acknowledged by the agency on the 28th November 2018 .

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