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Kaduna indigenes seek probe of NB over toxic emission, anti-labour practices


Arewa Youth Consultative Forum

Indigenes of Kaduna State under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Movement for Good Governance (AYMGG) have called on the state government to immediately set up an investigative panel against the toxic odour emitting from Nigerian Breweries (NB) plant.

According to the movement, the activities of NB in Makera, Kakuri, have been endangering the lives of the residents.In a statement yesterday, the group expressed dissatisfaction over the air pollution from the company’s production plant.The statement, which was signed by the chairman, Ahmodu Ibrahim, explained that the host communities were as well suffering neglect from the company.

In a petition to the government of Kaduna led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the group said they could no longer fold their arms and watch innocent people die of toxic stench.They stated: “Since December 2018, the residents of Makera area have being exposed to toxic odour. Several complaints have being made, to no avail.

“Pursuant to the above, we have written a petition to the Kaduna State House of Assembly and they have vowed to take serious steps to save the precious lives of Kaduna people.“As if that is not enough, the Nigerian Breweries Plc in Kaduna State under the management of Mr. Abbey Ajayi introduced tribalism in the company, making it difficult for indigenes to get even industrial training from the company, not to talk of national youth service, jobs and contracts.”

AYMGG claimed that 80 per cent of the company’s personnel were Southwesterners, while a few Kaduna indigenes, who managed to secure jobs there, face humiliation, especially in the hands of the manager’s wife.

“We have also got intelligence report that whereas all corps members posted to Nigerian Breweries were rejected, the manager brought her girlfriend to serve in the company.”

They challenged NB to a debate in Nigeria Institute of journalists (NUJ) secretariat, Kaduna, on staff employed, why they don’t take Kaduna IT students and to furnish the council with a list of their contractors.“We, therefore, call on Kaduna State government and well-meaning Nigerians to rise and save Kaduna people,” they added.Besides, the group also demanded that Kaduna indigenes be respected and valued by the company.

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