Contrary to speculation that over 400 workers staged a protest few days ago against the molestation 0f a female Nigerian worker by indians managing Atiku owned Adama beverages limited , the organisation has labelled it total falsehood and a campaign of calumny against the person of Atiku.
Workers of Adama Beverages Limited, Atiku’s company have faulted the concocted report on the mass sack, molestation of a female worker.
The union of Food, Beverages, and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), of Adama beverages Ltd, producers of Faro bottle water and Faro juice, in Adamawa State has denied reported massive sack of staff and maltreatment of a female worker and other sundry allegations as reported in one of the national dailies.
This was contained in a statement co-signed by the chairman of the union Mr Palke J. Bwalbumo and his secretary Mr Danjuma K Audu faulted the said news item in its entirety saying it is libellous aimed at tarnishing the good image of the company.
The statement also stated that the report was also aimed at tarnishing the good image of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who is the sole owner of the company.
“Concerning the report in a section of the media alleging that the management of Adama beverages Ltd producers of the popular Faro table water and beverages engaged in unethical conducts inimical to industrial labour relations, we wish to state that the story in its entirety is fabricated lies aimed at tarnishing the image of our company and its management led by Mr Francis Vazheparambil.
”Taking into cognizance that the so-called “spokesman” of the company’s union referenced in the story, Abdullahi Maigida Bello is not an employee of the company, we are compelled as a responsible union to set the records straight.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there has never been any case of molestation of any female worker or anyone in the entire workforce.
”Despite deep economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has not been any mass sack in Adama beverages and no staff is owed salaries as all wages are paid promptly.
“The union rejects the claim that there was a blockage of roads and vehicle movement within the precinct of the factory as reported.
”The union called for the withdrawal of all fallacious publication against our COO, Mr Francis Vazheparambil, whose sterling leadership has impacted positively on the company.
“The union also called for the withdrawal of all false newspaper report against the organisation as a whole. We are proud of the organisation and also the management.
”The malicious and deliberate allegation against Mr Francis Vazheparambil cannot be swept under the carpet and we demand that the story should be retracted and apologies being made to the company and its management. Failure to do so shall be met with immediate legal action,” the statement reads.
It would be recalled that it was reported recently that there was heavy gridlock along the busy Yola Gombe road as over 400 workers block the road leading to the only national motor Park in the Adamawa state capital Yola, protesting the molestation of female casual workers by the Indians working in Adama Beverages limited producers of Faro water and juicy owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The protesting workers who carried placards accused the Indians managing the company for Atiku of molesting Nigerian female workers during working hours and massive sacking of Nigerians replacing them with Indians.
The workers who called on the ministry of labour and productivity to immediately wade into the inhuman treatment of Nigerian workers on their father’s land,said that the Chief Operating Officer ( COO) Mr, Francis Vazheparambbil, must be prosecuted in line with the Nigerian laws.
The workers carrying placards with inscription “Indians must go” ” we don’t want Indians” “we say no to causalization” ”we are not slaves” and many other inscriptions, lamented that Nigerian workers are treated in the company like during the days of slave trade.
The spokesman of the protesting workers Abdullah Maigida Bello who spoke on behalf of others said ” since the Indians came to manage this company they make us work like slaves in our own country with no comessurate income”.