13 May 2007

Nigeria: Emir Thanks Community for Building Palace

Damaturu — The emir of Pataskum in Yobe state, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, has thanked people in the emirate and other parts of Potiskum local government area for their contributions in the building of his palace.

The community contributed N32 million of the N51 million used to build the new palace for the emir, Kanem Trust reports.

Our correspondent reports that out of the fifty one million naira used for the construction of the new palace, located in Potiskum local government area, community members comprising civil servants, traders, businessmen and politicians raised N32 million while the Yobe state government contributed N17 million naira, even as each of the seventeen local governments in the state raised one hundred thousand naira each for the construction of the emir's new palace for the Pataskum Emirate which began since 2003.

At the commissioning of the palace, last week in Potiskum, the emir of Pataskum, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, expressed profound appreciation to members of the community.

The emir particularly thanked the Yobe state governor, Bukar Abba Ibrahim for establishing the Pataskum Emirate back in 2003 and noted that the action of the governor was very popular as members of the emirate have long anticipated such gesture which is part of their collective heritage.

The emir appealed for more support as expansion work is to be undertaken in a continued phase which would focus on the establishment of a women quarter and a befitting mosque at the palace.

Responding to the appeal, the Yobe state government pledged the sum of ten million naira, to be shared equally on the two projects, while the seven local government areas in the state also promised the sum of five million naira, with N2.5 million for the mosque and the balance for the construction of women quarters.

Our correspondent reports that commissioning of the new Potiskum emir's palace was colourful as some visiting traditional rulers organised a mini durbar as a show of honour and solidarity to the host emir.

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