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Kano govt seals four Chinese waste collection centres

The Kano Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Association of Cartons and Waste Recycling Dealers of Nigeria (ACREWDON), has sealed four Chinese waste collection centres,for allegedly operating illegally in Kano State.

While speaking to pressmen, the National President of ACREWDON, Comrade Salisu Ali Yarima, noted that it took the association four years to actualize the dream.

He said: “This lingering issue is worrisome as for the last four years we were battling to shut down the collection centers with a view to allow the indigenous collection centres to aspire and be the sole suppliers of raw materials for waste cartons and rubber to the Chinese industries.

“The Kano State government has come to our rescue now.

“The action taken by the Kano State government will surely impact where it is supposed to and in the same vein give more impetus to the development of the Kano State Government and the Nigerian economy.

“Increase wealth in respect of our business will pave way for at least 20,000 youth employment in the state who are as of now rendered jobless due to the illegal takeover of the business by the Chinese firms.”

ACREWDON national president hinted that the firms were shut because of the inability of the Chinese firms to produce certificates of trade registration for the year 2020-2021, lack of certificates of business registration for the year 2020-2021, and lack of evidence of business permit, inability to produce names and the qualification of their present employees.

Yarima said: “The Government of Kano State is the first to comply with Mr President’s directives or rather executive order which prohibited the Federal Ministry of Interior not to issue visa to any foreigner whose skills are readily available in Nigeria and another directive given to the comptroller-general of immigration to ensure that no Chinese firm should engage in retail business because it is a crime.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Kano State Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ado Riruwai, commended efforts of the Kano Government while describing the act by the Chinese firms as worrisome.

He appeals to the Chinese firms residing in Kano State to establish recycling industries in the state instead of refilling with a view to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the people and also employ indigenes of the state.

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