The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Wednesday called on the management of the British American Tobacco company to employ more residents of Ibadan and provide social amenities to aid the development of the city.
The monarch, who spoke during the inauguration of a water project executed by the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation, also commended the company for fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities to the people.
The project, located in front of the king’s palace in Popoyemoja area of Ibadan, will provide potable water to people in the community and its environs.
The Olubadan, who was represented by the Agbaakin Olubadan of Ibadan land, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi, said, “While this is highly commendable, it is also important to appeal to the company to employ more residents of Ibadan who are jobless with various qualifications. This is in no way diminishing the effort of the company in providing employment for Nigerians. There are other promises that we will want the company to fulfil. The three boreholes sunk by the company are not enough because of the population of the people and its land mass. We implore the company to fulfill these promises for the good of the people.”
The newly installed President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Yemi Soladoye, who was present at the palace with the new executives and members of the club, commended BAT for its effort and urged the company to provide water to more communities.