By Usman Shuaibu
A community-based group, Youths for the Development of Mairuwa and Environs in Faskari local government area of Katsina State has accused the West African Cotton Company Limited (WACOT) situated in the area of bias against its host community.
The company, which came to the area in 1998, was established to boost agricultural production in the area, which is an agrarian community.
The group said WACOT has different departments and units which are headed by resourceful, industrious, and well experienced personnel with the largest department being the Personnel Department, which deals with management staff, labourers, inter-governmental relations, non-governmental organisations and to some extent foreign investors.
“Mairuwa town has been a peaceful place for WACOT and provide the company with all sorts of labour they may required, especially with the aforementioned category of workers, with the exception of personnel manager since the inception.
“Despite the fact that about 80% of the workers are from Mairuwa town, no Personnel Manager has ever been employed from our area due to reasons best known to the company.
“Whenever there is a vacancy for the said position, our people who are competent will apply but none has ben employed for the position of Personnel Manager since the inception of WACOT.
“We find this unacceptable despite our hospitality to the company. We consider WACOT’s attitude as a demonstration hate for the entire Mairuwa community, which has hosted them for years of profitable business,” the group said.