Atiku’s company workers protest against maltreatment

Workers of Adama Beverages Ltd a company owned by Atiku the former Vice President who protested over maltreatment from the company on Tuesday
Tochi Juliet

Workers of Adama Beverages Ltd a company own by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar protested against maltreatment by the management of the company on Tuesday.

During the protest, one of the placards read “Only Nigerians we need” another placard reads, “Hadi Must Go.”

Reporters have it that Hadi is the name of the Nigerian management staff of the company said to be in cohort with Indians who run the company to malign the workers on the lower cadres.

The lower carder workers who are Nigerians told reporters that the Indians who are the top managers call the Nigerians monkeys and generally treat them with disdain.

Workers of Adama Beverages Ltd a company owned by former Vice President, Atiku, protesting maltreatment by the company management

It was reported that the protests started on Monday when some casual staff reported for work and were told to return home as production had stopped.

Shedding further light on the immediate cause of the workers’ protests, the Senior Staff Association of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (FOBTOB) of the company said management erred by not informing the casual workers ahead of time that they would not be needed for now.

Chairman of the association, Mr Palke Jackson, said, “This is production off-season, so it could be expected that casual staff who do the production could be asked to stop work, just should have been informed accordingly on time rather than being suddenly asked to stop work.”

Jackson also explained that even permanent staff joined the workers’ protest because Management issued eleven of them queries on the accusation that the eleven were instrumental to unauthorised meetings.

“We take exception to the queries because, if nothing else, we feel this is not the time to issue a query to anybody,” he said.

Jackson, however, took exception to the insistence by the protesting junior workers that the Indian managers should quit.

“That’s what the junior workers are saying, but we as workers, senior or junior, did not employ the Indians, so we have no standing to ask them to go,” Jackson said.

The casual workers refused to go home as directed, nor did the permanent staff agree to work; therefore all the workers of the company occupied the main gate of the company, leading to a shutdown of all operations, at least up to Tuesday evening.

The management staff were not forthcoming when approached by reporters for their side of the story on the workers’ protest.

The Group Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr Francis Vazheparambil, told journalists that he had no mandate to speak to them.

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