By CrossRiverWatch Admin
A group, Nigeria Youth Organization, Cross River State Chapter has called on Lafarge Africa, owners and operators of the Mfamosing line 1 and 11 to move their administrative headquarters from Lagos to Calabar where it was formally.
This was part of the prayers sought by the group in a letter titled “Protest Against the Continued Marginalization and Neglect of the UNICEM Host Communities Perpetuated by Lafarge Africa PLC” an addressed to Mr. Micheal Puncherous, Country Chief Executive Officer Lafarge Africa PLC and made available to our correspondent.
In the letter dated 20th October, 2016 and signed by Comrade Paul Effiong and Engr. Anyim Paul, State Chairman and Secretary of the organization respectively, the group hold that the UNICEM Host Communities have been marginalized, as the MOU they signed with UNICEM is no longer honored by Lafarge.
The letter said, “Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the Host Communities are entitled to have a quota in any recruitment carried out for Mfamosing operations. Unfortunately, there is rather massive deployment of Electrical Technicians from Lagos to work in Mfamosing Line 11, also contrary to the spirit of the MoU, whilst indigenes of the Host Communities were recruited on contract basis, non-indigenes were awarded full employment.
“The area of frustration of the local contractors by not paying their invoices as and when due, while contractors in other Lafarge locations are being paid”, this according to them is a deliberate effort to frustrate the local contractors out of business.
They alleged that the indefinite suspension of a certain Mfon Udom without course to fair hearing and the “unwholesome conduct of the organization Human Resource Manager, Mrs. Fidelia Osime” who the group accused of belonging to a clique that was aimed at frustrating members of the Host Communities working in the company is threatening the peace currently enjoyed by all.
The group therefore urged Mr. Punchercos to among other things; abide strictly by the Memorandum of Understanding between the Host Communities and UNICEM, a replacement of Fidelia Osime and an investigation into the “false allegation leveled against Mr. Mfon Udom”.
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