6 December 2012

Nigeria: Commission Wades Into Community, Quarry Company's Crisis

A delegation of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) led by the FCT Commissioner, Obunike Ohaegbu, Tuesday visited Mpape in the FCT to resolve the crisis between residents of Katampe community and ENL Consortium Quarry in the area.

A member of the community had petitioned the commission alleging that over 50 trucks going to the quarry premises daily had damaged their road and the company is doing nothing to repair it.

Reacting to the complaint, General Manager Quarry of the company, Tunde Ayinde, said they opened the road which was a bush path in the past.

He said the company also plans to grade the road but has been having problems with its machines in the area, which all broke down and are presently being repaired.

The general manager stated that the company repaired the road in Katampe 1, which is immediately after the village to a T-junction. He said they also sank a borehole at Katampe 2 which the indigenes charge money before residents can fetch, adding that whenever the borehole gets faulty, the company is approached to repair it.

"The villagers are presently asking for a transformer and we intend to give them before the year ends," he added.

Also commenting on the problem, Chief of Katampe, Alhaji Adamu Diga, said the community needs a good major road, police outpost, clinic and a secondary school.

He accused the company of reneging on an agreement reached by them, where they promised to give them good road, clinic, electricity, school and water.

"The company sank a borehole at Katampe 2 which is not functioning and we need another transformer in the two villages to boost electricity," the chief stated.

After listening to their complaints, FCT Public Complaints Commissioner, Obunike Ohaegbu, told the quarry management that he is happy they are willing to grade the road, which will boost harmonious relationships between the community and them.

According to him, there is the need for the two other companies in the village to assist ENL Company.

The commissioner said he is surprised that the entire community has no police post and will contact the FCT Police Commissioner of the community's demands.

He advised the traditional head to nominate someone from his kinsmen to liaise with the commission to address their problems.

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