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Save Us From Nigeria Breweries Toxic Odour, Kaduna Residents Cry Out

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Residents of Makera in Kaduna State have appealed to the state government and other relevant authorities to save them from a toxic odour from the factory of Nigeria Breweries Plc.

They sent their Save Our Soul message yesterday through a group, Arewa Youth Movement for Good Governance (AYMGG).

The residents accused the company of producing a toxic odour from its production process which had caused harmful effects on the people living within its area of operation in Makera, Kaduna South local government area.

In a statement issued by its chairman, Comrade Ahkodu Ibrahim, the residents threatened to embark on a mass protest against the company to press home their demands.

The group said among others that it would adopt several measures such as legal options, to seek redress.

Also, the group hinted that it had sent a petition to the Kaduna State House of Assembly chronicling what it called unethical practices of the brewery manager, Mr Abbey Ajayi. It accused him of introducing all forms of maltreatment and tribalism to the detriment of Kaduna indigenes.

“We have watched with great dismay the negligence of Nigeria Breweries of their host communities. We can no longer fold our hands and watch while the good people of Kaduna, especially those in Makera, Kakuri area die of toxic odour emanating from the company’s production process.

“Since December 2018, the residents of Makera area have been exposed to toxic odour, several complaints have been made but without any redress.

“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 Nigeria Breweries Plc in Kaduna State under the management of Mr. Abbey Ajayi introduced tribalism in the company, making it difficult for Kaduna indigenes to get even industrial trainee slots in the company, not to talk of jobs and contracts.”

“Meanwhile, 80 per cent of the breweries’ personnel are South Westerners. The only few Kaduna indigenes working there face humiliation, especially from the brewery manager’s wife, Mrs.Ajayi, as she slaps them publicly when they offend her.

“We have also gotten intelligence report that whereas all corps members posted to Nigeria Breweries were rejected, but Ajayi brought her cronies to serve in the company.

“We challenge NB Plc to a debate at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat on the staff employed, why they don’t take Kaduna people as Industrial Trainee (IT) students and to furnish the union with a list of their contractors.

“We, therefore, call on the Kaduna State government, the state House of Assembly and all well-meaning Nigerians to rise and save Kaduna people. Governor Nasir el-Rufai must as a matter of urgency set up a probe committee to arrest the toxic odour in Makera.

“Kaduna indigenes must be respected and valued in the company. Our IT students and corps members should be accommodated, credible contractors from Northern Nigeria must also be given contracts without sentiments attached,” the group said.

Efforts to get the reaction of the company’s spokesman and the brewery manager failed. Even text messages and calls sent to their mobile phones were not replied.

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