Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), on Tuesday, said it spent over N260 million in resettling 183 families from three communities affected by its expansion project.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the communities, which include Dan Atu, Sabon-Gida and Gidan- Mubaga, have been resettled at Sabongarin Alu in Wamakko Local Government.
Alf Karlsen, managing director of the firm, said while handing over some of the structures to the caretaker chairman of the local council, Ahmed Kalambaina.
Karlsen, who was represented by Ibrahim Aminu, executive director, finance, said the amount was for compensation paid on houses and farmlands as well as acquisition of the quarry located in the area.
He explained that the company had donated 200 plots to the 186 families on which they built their new homes, linked the community with electricity and provided them with potable water.
Karlsen also said that the company, locally known as Sokoto Cement, had also built an Islamic and modern primary schools, clinic, Mosque and access roads, among others.
The managing director expressed happiness with the existing cordial relationship between the firm and its host communities.
”CCNN appreciates this cordial relations which is key to our sustained successful operations and that is why we even expand the over 50-year-old company.
” We will continue to diligently discharge our corporate social responsibilities to further improve the living standard of the members of our host communities,” he said.
The caretaker chairman, Ahmed Kalambaina commended the firm for assisting the communities, and pledged to deploy competent teachers to schools and post medical staff to the clinic.
In their separate remarks, district heads of Gumbi and Kalambaina, Sama’ila Mujelli and Abubakar Ahmed, respectively, appealed to the company to float a scholarship scheme for youths in the area.