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Northern group seeks relocation of brewery plant from Kaduna

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
27 December 2018   |   4:13 am
A Northern group, the Arewa Progressive Movement for Good Governance (APMGG), North West Zone, has called for the immediate relocation of the Nigerian Breweries...

A Northern group, the Arewa Progressive Movement for Good Governance (APMGG), North West Zone, has called for the immediate relocation of the Nigerian Breweries, Kaduna, saying that the company is now a threat to residential areas.

A statement signed by Director-General of the group, Ibrahim Ahmadu, said that over 800 trucks in the company’s fleets are equally a threat to the state and federal roads.

The group, therefore, called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai not to give the firm a waiver to move the trucks around the roads during restricted hours.

The statement read: “The attention of this noble movement has been drawn to the passionate request of Nigerian Breweries to the Kaduna State Government to grant them a waiver enhancing over 800 trailers of Nigerian Breweries to move around on both the federal and state roads at restricted hours.

“The Kaduna State government in 2016 had issued an Executive Order restricting the movement of trailers and other big trucks on township roads from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This was to reduce heavy traffic jam usually caused by these trailers and recklessness of the drivers resulting to numerous accidents. This, according to the state government, was to save lives and reduce stress of Kaduna citizenry.

“From the foregoing therefore, this movement after a thorough investigation of Nigerian Breweries request in a letter signed by the Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Danjuma Ekelle, we have advanced 10 reasons in this release why Kaduna State Government cannot go back on its words by granting the waiver.

• “That the Nigerian Breweries have contributed to the deplorable state of our roads through their heavy trailers. For example, in Nasarawa area near Kakuri where one of their factories is located, the youths recently protested and stop Breweries from passing on their roads.

• “Their drivers are heavily reckless and always obstructing traffic in town, especially around the Kudenda, Kakuri and Sabo express roads. One can check their records of booking with KASTELEA.”

• “They are not cautious and responsible because their production activities in Kakuri area have heavily polluted the entire Majera area. And the company up till now has only paid cosmetics attention to that issue.

• “That the company has never embarked on road rehabilitation in the host communities as social responsibility project and as such is not a good manager of roads.

• “That the company has over 800 trailers which they themselves cannot control and some are owned by other people. • “Kaduna State should take a cue from Kano State by not allowing heavy trucks in day time. Kaduna roads are safe now and we cannot go backward.

• “That this group will consult other human rights groups to take the company to a court of competent jurisdiction to challenge the positioning of the company in residential areas.”