Tension As Okpella Indigenes Tackles BUA Over Alleged Exploitation, Injustice

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Crisis currently looms between Indigenes of Okpella community in Etsako East Local Government Area and BUA cement company over what the Indigenes described as injustice and exploitation being meted on them by the multi-billion naira giant company.

The indigenes under the auspice of Okpella Youth Body, (OYB) and Okpella Graduates Association, (OGA) also threatened to embarked on a mass protest should their demands not met by BUA.

They also demanded the full implementation of CDA without any delay adding that “Anything short of the aforementioned means that BUA is no longer interested in our mineral resources.”

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In an earlier meeting tagged: “Enough Is Enough Phase 2“, which was attended by representatives of 6 youths presidents, 5 Okpella Youth Council stakeholders, and 4 Okpella Graduates Association representatives among others groups, the youths reached a resolution that job slots should be treated as equal.

The resolution signed by Comrade Akintola Monday Okpella indigene should be trained in all the department in BUA Cement Plc to enable the youths to acquired the needed experience in Cement production.

“That all job slots should be treated as equal in other to enable Okpella community balance the glaring lopsided nature within the Obu cement employment structure up the 60/40 percent ratio to correct the exist gaps in time past employment excercise.

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“That Okpella indigene should be trained in all the department in BUA Cement PLC to enable our Youth to acquired the needed experience in Cement production skills and other skills required in the manufacturing and Mining sub sector of Nigeria economy”

“That the pending Packing Plant Manager position should be given to any Okpella suitable for the job.

“That the same proposed protest is still very much intact should the two warring CDA group refuse to merge and for the common interest of Okpella community.

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But the General Manager, BUA cement Company, Richard Gidado when contacted declined to comment on the matter.

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