The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Comrade Asu Okang has expressed clear disappointment at the attitude of Cooperate Business Operators in the State towards their Cooperate Social Responsibility to the youths in particular and the people of the Cross River State in general.
Comrade Okang who informed that the State has Youths who are professionals in different fields of endeavour and who are poised to make a difference stated this during a meeting with the management of Niger Mills Ltd (Flour Mills), inferred that “Flour Mills is the worst company in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility to the State.”
The Youth and Sports Commissioner inquired from the management of Flour Mills: how many Cross River Youths supply raw materials to the Company; how many Cross Riverians are distributors of their end products; and how many Cross River Youths are involved in general supplies in the entire supply chain of the Company. He expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction at the level of involvement of Young persons in the Company.
Pressing forth his demands, Comrade Asu Okang demanded for: the engagement of Cross River Youths in the supply chain of Flour Mills; staff enrollment both at the Management and junior cadre in keeping to the Nigeria Labour Congress and Local Content Laws which provides that the Junior cadre (levels 1-6) should be for indigenes; considerate level of engagement of young Cross Riverians in the Cooperate Social Responsibility of the Company; and being an active participant/supporter of the Cross State Multisectoral Programmes through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, aimed at reaching over fifteen thousand (15,000) young persons across the State.
Responding, the Management of Flour Mills explained that the Company is taking Fourteen Youths (14) through skills acquisition; capacity building and raining of students of Department of Cereal Crops, University of Calabar; and the Maintenance of drainages around Ekorinim in 2015. They however promised to look into the demands made by he Commissioner for Youth and Sorts Development, Comrade Asu Okang.