Host communities okays Lafarge operations in Cross River

After some hectic protests, elders and youths from the host communities of cement company, Lafarge Holcim Plc, in Cross River State have pledged their support to ensure the smooth operation of the company.

Lafarge Holcim is hosted by Akamkpa and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River State.
Addressing the media  in Calabar on the heels of a protest by a section of some youths from the area last week who were demanding for employment, contracts and basic amenities, an elder from Akpabuyo,  Mr Ekeng Effiong, who led other youths from the area, said  the company have been engaging youths in the area in most of their activities.
According to Effiong, the communities in the area have been very peaceful since the commencement of the plant.
`We will continue to support the progress of the plant because we are also direct beneficiaries of what is going on in the company.
“But, we will not hesitate to press for what is rightly ours because our young graduates need to be gainfully employed and be part of the activities in the company.
“We are not confrontational, we will continue to promote business activities in the area with a view for other companies to come in and invest’’, he said.
He urged the management of the company not to relent in providing social amenities for the host communities.

A youth leader from Akamkpa local government, Mr Festus Bassey, said that youths in the area were not violent, and they will continue to engage the company in meaningful dialogue with a view to meet all their demands.
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