Enugu: Host Community protests against Nigerian Breweries
The Umuezeani Community Ameke Ngwo of Enugu State, on Sunday protested against the Nigerian Breweries Plc for allegedly causing crisis in their community.
The community accused the company management of reneging on all agreements reached during the administration of former governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
They called on the present administration led by Dr. Peter Mbah to come to their aid
“Following the continued inhuman treatment being meted upon us by the Management of Ama Brewery of Nigerian Breweries PLC, we the people of Umuezeani Community Ameke Ngwo are passionately calling on the amiable Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Mbah to come to our rescue,” Secretary of the community, Comrade Bethrand Agu said.
Continuing, Agu recalled that “two years ago, the community in their numbers had shut down Ama brewery over the continued marginalization of the host community, ranging from unemployment, contract diversion, fueling of internal crisis among others.
It took the intervention of the then Governor of the state-Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to resolve the impasse and he directed Ama brewery to immediately release the economic empowerment packages to their host community, which they did.
“However, since the expiration of the tenure of the then Governor, Ama brewery management led by the Brewery Manager, Mr Peter Ani has now made a U -turn by diverting the contracts meant for the host community for his selfish interest.
“What we’re here to do today is to demand for what rightly belongs to us and also call for help and let the Executive Governor of Enugu State and Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries earnestly intervene and liberate the community from this corporate intimidation and undue subjection.
“It is also on record that no single indigen of our community is in the employ of the Brewery in their many decades of existence.”
He also lamented that, rather than listening to them and releasing their economic rights to them, the said Brewery Manager Mr. Peter Ani unleashed men of the Nigerian Army and Police Force of 9th Mile division to harm and intimidate the people of Umuezeani Community, Ameke Ngwo.
“As I’m speaking with you now, one of our community youth leaders- Mr Nnamdi Amanoh was unduly arrested and is being currently detained at 9th Mile Police Division and all efforts by our people to get him released failed.
“The community calls for the immediate intervention of the Governor of Enugu State to rescue them from the hash treatment of Ama Brewery.”
When contacted the Nigerian Breweries Plc’s Corporate Affairs Manager (East), Joy Egolum, said she’s not aware of any protest and asked for more information about it.