By Olayinka Kolawole in Abeokuta
Dangote Cement Ibese owned by Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote and located in Ibese Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State has been issued a 14- day ultimatum by its host community to provide a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for its operation in the area.
A group which demanded the MOU, Yewa Connecting Minds (YCM) promised to sabotage the operation of the company, if it fails to meet its demands within the next 14 days, beginning from 31st May, 2016.
Rising from an enlarged meeting attended at the weekend by representatives of the host communities under the aegis of YCM, an umbrella body that comprises both youths and elders in liberation movement of Yewaland as a whole, the group asked Dangote to implement the agreements entered into with the YCM to honour the accord with its host communities.
YCM also slammed Dangote Cement for not living up to its Corporate Social Responsibility.
“It is sad enough that several accidents occurred across Yewaland through the operation of Dangote Cement. Reportedly, more than 90% of accidents in Yewa axis are caused by drivers of Dangote who violate traffic rules on the roads already damaged by Dangote Trucks.
“It is against this background that the inhabitants of Yewaland felt so much concerned about the seemingly nonchalant attitude of Dangote Cement Plc to the wellbeing of its drivers, which had resulted in the untimely death of over two thousand indigenes within the short period of existence of Dangote Cement Plc in Yewaland. Many dependants of the deceased persons are not being compensated at all by Dangote Cement Plc,” the group said in a statement issued by Yewa Connecting Minds, signed by its Coordinator, Prince Ekunola Gbenga Abrhama.
The group threatened to impede the smooth operations of the company in its locality if a proper agreement/MoU is not reached with host communities in respect of its operations.
The community listed the areas where the company allegedly failed them as follows:
“Refusal of Dangote to checkmate the recklessness of the truck drivers of its company, resulting in the death of over two thousand indigenes of Yewaland within the short period of the company’s operation in the area; destruction of roads across Yewaland by Dangote trucks; daily suffering of pollution- resulting from the activities of the company with concomitant hazards on their health as well as potential food scarcity due to several damage to farm produce; deforestation and loss of vegetation cover; potential displacement, loss of jobs and increase in crime wave due to unemployment and lack of jobs security”.