© Chris Sam
Hundreds of youths from the four landlord communities that made up the Ibiae palm Estate in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, have sang solidarity songs as they marched towards Wilma International, today 1st of February 2017. A match which is totally a peaceful protest against the alleged breach of agreement by the Company reached years back, have been left unattended to.
Led by the chairman Ibiae youth forum, Hon Daniel Ivang, the angry youth carried placards bearing their messages to the concerned authority.
They blamed “some people within the management” of trying to influence the company’s leadership to renege on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and boycott the agreement between the youth forum and the landlord chiefs, signed in the presence of the deputy Governor of Cross River State His excellency Prof Ivara Esu.
The Leader of Ibiae youths forum Hon Daniel Ivang and his Secretary Mr Victor Akpe, told Sights and Rhymes that since the inception of the company, the youth of the four landlord communities have been taken for granted.
Interviewing Mr Lavis, a leader among the youth, he has this to say:
“We know our Digital Governor Prof Ayade is a man with listening ears. We are appealing that he come to our rescue, As Wilmar International have decided to make us slaves in our lands, giving the office jobs to non indigenes and then hard labour jobs to us. We have graduates and master degrees holder’s without jobs. The company needs to show us the MOU or follow the agreement reached with the government and the four communities.
Addressing the youths, the CLO Manager Okorie Onda, appeal to the youths who where stoped by the Nigerian Army officers on duty at the company’s gate, to exercise patience as he will take their grievances to the management for prompt attention.
In a chorus response the Ibiae youths have expressed their disappointments
“The management defaulted on an agreement earlier reached in during the take over, and we the youths are ready to keep pressing until our demands are met.”
In response, the youth leaders with disappointments expresses their thoughts openly. By saying
“The end to this protest is for government or the necessary authorities to do something about our problems; stop the serious corruption and fraudulent practice Wilmar International are using against us.
The protest which was well covered by news men from different media houses, has in attendance the presence of CRBC TV, Sights and Rhymes news crew among others.