A group, Kano River Line Communities Development Forum, has demanded transparency in the award of contract for the cleaning of toxic waste affecting Wudil and Jakara rivers and other affected communities.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, April 24 in Kano, spokesman of the group, Dr Baba Sani-Wudil urged the Federal Government to ensure that only companies that are qualified and able to properly execute the task are given the job.
He said that toxic waste from Sharada, Chalawa and Bompai industrial estates polluted the affected communities since 2006.
The call follows news of the award of a contract by the Ecological Trust Fund to a relatively unknown company.
Sani-Wudil said, “The Dutch Africa company is the local company that collaborated with the Germans to actualise the project.
“We are shocked with the news that the Ecological Fund Office has decided to deal with an unknown contractor in building waste treatment plants for Kano State.
“This unfortunate development is unacceptable. Our group has decided not to abandon our rights but fight for what we feel should come to Kano state, especially after the huge support given to the project by President Muhammadu Buhari and the traditional ruler of Kano.
“It is our opinion that this contract should be awarded to the most qualified company, Dutch Africa which made all the research and development required to design the best and most efficient method of cleaning this toxic effluent.
“The toxic effluent has been affecting the lives of our families, animals and farms for more than a decade and Dutch Africa has been involved in the project from inception.”
He added that Dutch Africa equally promised to train 250 youths from the communities in Germany on industrial waste management.
He appealed for the Federal Government look into the issue and check the activities of the Ecological Fund Office for the public’s sake.