Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ayade threatens to shut down Flour Mills, see reasons

The Cross River State Government has issued a threat to shut down Niger Mills Company popularly known as Flour Mills if they fail to include indigenes, especially youths in their employment and distributors chart.

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Asu Okang on Tuesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the General Manager, GM of Flour Mills.

The youthful commissioner said a look into the company's staff enrolment list, showed that Flour Mills is in noncompliance to the local content laws governing their operations as it concerns the youths and the indigenes of the State.

According to Hon. Asu Okang, three fundamental issues were raised by him during his visit to the company; "First, I was to clearly look at the company's staff enrolment, to ascertain their level of compliance to local content laws governing their operations, especially as it concerns the Youths from the state at both management and lower cadre.

"Secondly, I was to ascertain how many Youths in the state are currently involved in the company's supply chain, at both distribution of finished products and supply of raw materials to the company.

"And thirdly, I was to look at their level of compliance to Cooperate Social Responsibility laws especially as it concerns Youth-based activities."

Asu Okang said to his greatest surprise, Flour Mills were not living up to the task as he threatened to shut down the company.

He said, "As expected, it was abysmally poor and clearly unacceptable. I threatened a shutdown if the trend is not reversed as fast as possible.

"We cannot continue to be adamant while job spaces/opportunities meant to be filled by indigenous youth are constantly occupied by 'imported' cronies of members of staff and by non-Cross Riverians."

He further said, "The good news, however, is that the company management promised to turn a new leave."

Speaking further, Hon. Okang said, "it was a big eye-opener and we must from now on conduct routine book checks on all cooperate organizations operating in our dear state.

"This will create a new kurtosis for engagement of our young people and eliminate 'selling of slots' rightfully meant for Cross Riverians. We can no longer allow people to constantly take the civility of Cross River State Youth for granted, that I can assure.

"It's not likely to be an easy task, but we trust God for grace to face every pending challenge. The journey to liberation has commenced, there's no going back!"

The noncompliance with the local content law is also applicable to Lafarge Holcim (UNICEM), Dangote Flour, EPZ Calabar, and others.