Angry youths of Kabba junction/Zariagi, one of the host communities of Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana plant have staged a peaceful protest round the community to demand fair treatment from Dangote Group.
The protest, which commenced at exactly 8am on Tuesday, saw youths in their hundreds gather at the junction opposite the Federal Road Safety Corps office with placards with different inscriptions demanding fair deal from Dangote industry.
The spokesman of the protesting youths, Abubarkar Ahmed, who spoke to Punch, said the purpose of the protest was to show their grievance concerning the treatment being meted out to the community.
“Look at our roads. We have a lot of graduates roaming the street without jobs whereas Dangote Cement is employing thousands from outside the state.
“It may shock you that there is no single hospital in this community. No water, no single school. We are deprived of several amenities and we are saying enough of these exploitation from Dangote. If they are not ready to listen to us, let them return Obajana Cement to us.”
He appealed to the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to help retrieve the company for the state so that the citizens of the state can enjoy the benefits that rightly belong to them.
A student leader, Comrade Bello Abdulrazak, said their grievance was that since when Obajana was changed to Dangote Cement, their people had been suffering.
”Dangote trailers have destroyed our roads without repairs. They have been killing our students without any compensation; no scholarship for students.
”We are appealing to the state government to fight for our interest so that we can get what rightfully belongs to us as host communities and as a state,” Abdulrazak said.