By Esther Nworie
Hon. Chinedu Ogah has petitioned the National Assembly against a mining company, Royal Salt in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State over breach of contract with the host community, Ndufu-Alike in Ikwo Local Government Area of the State.
Ogah, the Member Representing Ezza South/ Ikwo Federal Constituency, Ebonyi State in the House of Representatives accused the mining company of sacking indigent workers from Alike- Ikwo.
The community had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU ) with the Royal Salt Company agreeing that indigenes of the community must be employed in the company and necessary amenities provided for the people.
The lawmaker accused the mining company of breaching the MoU by sacking all the workers from Ndufu-Alike, describing it as inhumane and unacceptable.
He alleged that many people from the host communities who were employed and suddenly sacked by the company have died as a result of hunger occasioned by their massive sack.
In the petition, Hon. Ogah added that failure to provide social amenities, scholarships, rural roads for the community by Royal Salt as contained in the agreement was major neglect to the MoU by the company and her partnering companies.
He also alleged intimidation of some members of the community as cause of more socioeconomic crisis in the constituency by the company.
He said: “It will be incompetence on my side as the House of Representatives member in Ezza-South/ Ikwo Federal Constituency that my people would be facing intimidation despite the agreement the company has with them.
“How can my people be denied their own royalty in their land, yet be made to face intimidation and humiliation?”
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila referred the petition to the House Committee on Public Petitions for investigation.