Host Communities In Cross River State Threaten To Shut Cement Company
Six host communities to Lafarge-Holcim Cement Company in Cross River State have threatened to shut down the company.
The host communities are at daggers drawn with the company over alleged neglect of the people and non-implementation of 80% Local Content Policy (LCP).
Over 500 youths from the communities: Mfamosing, Abiati, Akansoko, Ekong anaku, Mbubi and Ikong Effanga at Akamkpa and Odukpani local government areas laid siege to the company.
They handed and issued a 14-day ultimatum to the firm to address their demands or have its operations shut down.
The youths later marched to the palace of the traditional ruler of Akamkpa, HRM (Ntufam) Emayip, at Mfamosing.
They urged the federal and state governments to prevail on the firm to implement the local content policy.
The communities also demanded the company relocate its headquarters from Lagos to the state capital, Calabar.
Angry C’River Youth Threaten To Shut Cement Company
According to the protesters, the company hired ‘strangers’ instead of indigenes even for menial roles.
The youths, who carried placards and tree branches asked the company to treat its Cross-River host communities the way it treated Ewokoro and Ashaka host communities in Ogun and Benue states respectively.
Protesters could be seen bearing placards with inscriptions such as:
“We are tired of the injustice and marginalization done to host communities, we no go gree again oooh.
“We want the office of Financial Director.
“We also demand that Human Resource Director should be an indigene and nothing else.”
Responding, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Lafarge Africa Plc, Folashade Ambrose, said the company appreciated the stand of the people.
Ambrose promised to convey their message back to the management.
“We appreciate the stand of the people.
“We will take the message back to the management of the company and we will surely get back to the host communities.”