From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Chairman of the council, Aliyu Usman Waziri made this known during a cut-see visit to the management of the, KRPC.
Aliyu Waziri said he was left with no option than to formally inform the management that community members living within and around the refinery complex for many years have been experiencing
environmental hazard which is having negative effect on their health.
According to Hon Wazir; “All major sources of potable water including wells and Romi Stream, are presently been polluted by disposed chemicals from the refinery.
“Presently, most of our farmers living along Romi Stream banks have reason to abandon the cultivation of important cash crops such as maize, tomatoes, onions, sugar cane, lettuce and others due to oil pillage,” he said.
He strongly advised the management of KRPC to immediately look into the issue and find a lasting solution in order to sustain the harmonious relationship between the company and the host community.
Hon Waziri further stated that since December, 2012 KRPC has failed to remit the annual tenement rates due KRPC has not remitted tenement rates sparing from a period of 2007 to 2013. A total of seven years” He noted.
Hon Waziri therefore urged KRPC management to endeavor to settle all the outstanding tenement rates, taking into consideration the fact that all local government councils in the state are now focusing attention on ways and means of generating revenue.
Responding on behalf of KRPC management, the Executive Director Services, Alhaji Idi Mukhtar thanked the council Chairman for the visit and lauded the peaceful atmosphere within the host community.
He however informed the council chairman that KRPC is not unaware of the issues raised and promised immediate action, particularly that of environmental pollution with KRPC’s host community.