By Femi Mustapha
Residents of Imam Road, Gwaraji and Suleiman Aliyu Dili Street, Ungwan Dosa in Kaduna North Local Government Area have expressed dismay over the erection of a telecommunication mast in the community which is causing health, physical, and noise pollution hazards to residents.
A member of the community who is also the Sarkin Yakin Danejin Katsina, Alhaji Bello Kagara, said the property where the mast was erected is residential one.
He explained that the Members of the community have been suffering health, physical, and noise pollution hazards because of the telecom Mast.
He lamented that representatives of the Community met with the owner of the property who leased out the residence for the erection of IHS communications 13TS mast on two occasions, but, to no avail.
This according to him, prompted them to seek the services of a legal practitioner Mssrs Mamman Nasir & Co. who conveyed their grievances to the Coordinator of NESREA Office in the state, and also to the Controller, National Communication Commission, (NCC) Zonal office in Kano, demanding for immediate removal of IHS 13TS mast.
According to the traditional leader, a letter of complaint was also sent to IHS Communication of Nigeria through its Customer Service/Network Group in Abuja, demanding the immediate removal of its 13TS mast from our community.
“Regrettably all our complaints seemed to fall on deaf ears. You can see some policemen, members of vigilante here, they came on the issue of the mast. When this mast was sited in our community we did not know its implications, but later on, we started experiencing health challenges among neighbors.
“The site constitutes health threats to community members. Complaints range from headaches, sleep disorders, memory loss, and dwindling concentration.
” The Darul Qur’an Littalifiz Waddirasatil Islamiyyah, where the lives of over 500 students and 400 Women attending classes there are in danger.
” We the leaders of the Community have prevailed on our youths who are bent to react, especially we members of the community started having hearing impaired because of the Noise pollution from the telecom mast
‘We called on the government, all the relevant authorities, to do the needful before the situation degenerates into something else”, he said