Indian company shuts firm, lays off 100 staff

The Gum Arabic factory in Maiduguri, where two Indian workers were gunned down by suspected Boko Haram members, has shut down its operations indefinitely. As a result, over 100 Nigerians working in the firm were told to go home.

The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Mahesh Sachdev, confirmed this on Saturday during a dinner hosted by the chairperson of Primus Super Speciality Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Achia Dewan.

The envoy urged the Federal Government to tackle insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the North-East.

He said, “The factory where our Indians were killed in Maiduguri has been shut down and it has a staff strength of over 100. The current incident that I mentioned to you in detail is a rude setback for people-to-people ties.

“But I do believe and hope that this will not be an insurmountable problem. Soon, the happy intermingling of Indian and Nigerian people in all parts of India and all parts of Nigeria would resume the way it has always been.

“The menace of insecurity is a Nigerian problem and it is for our Nigerian brothers to resolve these problems themselves. I have full faith in the capacity of our Nigerian brothers to resolve this problem and I will like to wish them well.”

Source-The Punch

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