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Employees of Adama Beverages, a company owned by former Adama Beverages, a company based in Adamawa State, produces bottled water and fruit juices and also distributes its products under the famous brand, FARO, across Adamawa State and the northern part of Nigeria.

However, on Tuesday, the employees protested on the streets bearing placards, with inscriptions that the Indians managing the company should quit.

While a placard read, “Only Nigerians we need”, another read “Hadi Must Go.”

According to reports, Hadi is one of the Nigerian management staff who teamed up with Indians who run the company to malign the workers on the lower cadres.

Speaking to newsmen, the Nigerian lower carder workers told newsmen that the Indians who are the top managers call them monkeys and generally treat them with disdain.

It is reported that the protests started on Monday when casual staff who reported to work, were told to return home as production had stopped.

However, the Senior Staff Association of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (FOBTOB) of the company told Daily Post that the management erred by not informing the casual workers ahead of time that they would not be needed for now.

Chairman of FOBTOB, Mr Palke Jackson, said, “This is production off-season, so it could be expected that casual staff who do the production could be asked to stop work, just should have been informed accordingly on time rather than being suddenly asked to stop work.”

Jackson noted that even permanent staff joined the workers’ protest because eleven of them were issued queries by the Management on the accusation that the eleven of them were instrumental to unauthorised meetings.

“We take exception to the queries because, if nothing else, we feel this is not
the time to issue a query to anybody,” he said.

Jackson added that granting the request of the Junior Staff that the Indian Management should leave would seem impossible.

“That’s what the junior workers are saying, but we as workers, senior or junior, did not employ the Indians, so we have no standing to ask them to go,” Jackson said.

Reports at our disposal say both junior and permanent staff neither went home nor worked, thus shutting company productions until Tuesday evening.

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