Gindiri: Location, Communities and its Political Wards

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Gindiri district

Gindiri town lies south-east of Chanso, North-west of Mangu L.G.A Plateau State. It is about 13000 ft above sea level. Historically, the people of Gindiri migrated from Gobir (one of the seven lineages of Hausa bakwai). They settled in Tulla, Bauchi State located in Northwest of Plateau State. People of Gindiri are mainly Pyem and Chanso. Others include Mupun, Kwala, Kwanka, Kadun, Ngas, Mwaghavul. Their occupation includes farming, mat weaving and petty trading. They farm yam, maize, cassava, guinea corn, sweet potato, cocoyam, beans, rice and practice irrigation farming. The two major religions are Christianity and Islam.

The community has social amenities such as electricity, water, two primary healthcare centers, two private hospitals, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) healthcare, and one comprehensive healthcare center (a branch of JUTH – Jos University Teaching Hospital). There is also a Dam that is under construction as at the time of this writing located near JUTH Comprehensive Health Center.

There are primary and secondary schools including COCIN Comprehensive College, Boys Secondary School and Girls High School, one tertiary educational center (College of Education, Gindiri). Gindiri has seven political wards including Langai, Kasuwan-Ali, Kudu, Chanso, Jeneret, Gindiri 1 and 2 wards.

The traditional head of Gindiri district is known as the SUM PYEM who is theparamount leader of this district and leader of Pyem Chiefdom.

Baban Rinji community

Baban Rinji is a community loacted in Langai ward, GindiriDistrict , Mangu L.G.A of Plateau State. It is located at latitude 9.38611 and longitude 9.13358. Baban Rinji community is a rural area with estimated population of 1012 people according to the census carried out by the various Community medicine posting groups of JUTH.

Baban Rinji community has an access road, two community owned primary schools, a church and three mosques. The closest access of health facility is comprehensive health centre JUTH which is about 3 kilometresNorthwest of Baban Rinji.

Social amenities include water which is mainly from wells, river and a bore hole. Pipe borne water, electricity supply and telecommunications network is non existent in this area. It is predominantly an agrarian community with Fulani, Hausa, Pyem, Sikdawa, Bijimi, Rumada, Arabshua, Ngas, Zulawa, Sayyawa, Konkawa and Kadung as the predominant tribes. Members of the royal cabinet include Sarki, Galadima, Madaki, Ciroma, Ajiya, Wakili, Mai angwa. The main occupation of the people is subsistence farming. Other occupations include trading, cattle rearing and weaving. Hawking by under aged children is a common sight in this area.

There are two private primary schools, two community primary schools, a church and three mosques. There is a central borehole which serves as the source of water for majority of the community, however no health facilities in the community.