…As State Legislature Begins Oversight of State-based Multi- Nationals, MDAs The leadership of State House of Assembly has sent a clear message to multi-national companies operating in the state to desist from depriving the
people of the state in terms of development and employment opportunities. The strong message came through the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams as he spoke on behalf of a House delegation undertaking oversight duties at the Flour Mills of Nigeria, owners of Niger Mills, located at Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar. While acknowledging the company for adding value to the state, Williams said Cross Riverians would not be happy if they realize they are being shortchanged in terms of development and employment opportunities.

The visit, part of a series to be regularly carried out to virtually all governmental Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) and going concerns in the state, was aimed at creating a synergy between the legislature and the company which undoubtedly is the biggest food and agro-allied firm in the State In their own remarks, both the Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey and Deputy Leader, Rt. Hon. Frederick Osim called on the company to train farmers in the Cross River on how to cultivate certain grains and cereals that would serve as raw materials instead of sourcing from the distant northern part of Nigeria and abroad. Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, Industries and Privatization, Hon. Chris Nja- Mbu while thanking the company for what they have been doing in the state, also told them to get prepared for another round of pain-staking oversight by the committee.>>>

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