Ogun Community Tackles Dangote Over Health Hazard

Some youths in the Yewa-South Local Government Area of Ogun State, under the aegis of Ilaro Youth Development Forum, have warned Dangote Cement over the health hazards it has exposed the residents to.

The group, which accused Dangote factory of failing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the community on Corporate Social Responsibility, gave a seven-day ultimatum for a redress, failure of which they threatened a mass action.

Speaking on behalf of the group, the Youth Coordinator, Bolu Salako, alleged that recklessness of the truck drivers had resulted in “casualties of over 2,000 indigenes of Yewaland.”

Salako said, “Dangote’s Ibese factory should allocate 20 per cent of its employment to the youths of Ilaro.

“Dangote should construct primary health centres, truck parks to ease the illegal parking of trucks on the roadsides, advancement or growth programmes for artisans, market women and small scale business owners, construct three block of classrooms across the six public secondary schools, offer scholarship and bursary to Ilaro indigenes in tertiary institutions.”

They also appealed to the government to bring an end to Customs killings in the area, calling for the total removal of all Customs roadblocks.

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