Business 3 Villages Relocated due to Expansion of Ashaka Cement Company in Gombe

No fewer than three villages will be relocated to protect residents from environmental hazards, as a result of the expansion of the Ashaka Cement Company in Gombe State.

Mr Tony Okpara, the company’s General Manager, Projects, disclosed this in Ladde-Bage village of Funakaye Local Government Area of the state on Thursday during the foundation-laying ceremony of some projects.

He named the three communities as Lariski, Darumpa and Malari, and said the company was preparing to spend N262 million on the relocation.

The General Manager said the amount would be spent on the construction of 55 houses, three blocks of classrooms, clinic, mosque and three boreholes for the affected communities.

Okpara said the construction work was awarded to 13 indigenous contractors, who were expected to complete the job within three months.

He said the company had earlier acquired 40 hectares of land in order to relocate the affected communities.

Mr Lionard Volger, the company’s Managing Director, expressed their appreciation of the communities’ co-operation with them, and assured the residents that Ashakacem would not toy with its corporate social responsibility.

He expressed optimism that the contractors would deliver the jobs according to specification and on schedule.

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