Ashaka Cement Takes Steps To Develop Host Community

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AshakaCem Plc, makers of Ashaka cement has penned down a development agreement with its host communities around Maiganga coal mine in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act.

The agreement was signed on Dec. 13, at the premises of the company in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State, the Managing Director of the company Malam Rabiu Umar told newsmen on Thursday.

Umar said the signing of the agreement signaled the beginning of a new dawn in the relationship between the company and the host communities.

“AshakaCem, following the precepts of its sister company Lafarge Africa PLC remained committed to good corporate citizenship and environmental friendliness.

“Fulfilling all statutory and regulatory obligations and striving to exceed expectations in terms of socioeconomic development to her partnering communities is an integral part of the way we run our business,’’ he said.

“We operate with uttermost respect for the common interest of the people.

“We support the host communities by generating economic growth, creating jobs, providing training and social support,” Umar said.

He said the company is currently constructing roads in the community as well as school and healthcare facility.

He renewed AshakaCem’s readiness to address passionately all community issues that were routed through the committee as the only arbiter between the communities and the organisation.

Present at the meeting Mr Gibar Tsabta, the Chairman, Maiganga Community Development Association, said the agreement was reached through negotiations, adding that community representatives were involved in preparing and finalizing the document.

The chairman assured the concerned communities of better days with increasing and value adding benefits in the agreement, however,

Umar called for more support and constructive engagements with AshakaCem to engender the necessary conducive environment for a sustained mutual relationship and “excellent performance”.

 

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