The Deputy Chairman ot the Association of Quarry Union in Kaduna state Mal.Aquassim Said has called on the state government to help its members acquire modern equipments and tools to enable them perform their duties efficiently and maximize service delivery.
Mallam Sa’id made the call while speaking to Radio Nigeria Correspondent Adamu Yusuf at Malali, Kaduna.
He stated that those involved in quarry business are exposed to a lot of hazards starting from rock blasting which could be risky to the miners ,as well as exposure to inhalation of dust and other substance which could trigger numerous health challenges.
He said “that quarrying is a physically exhausting job which saps human energy.”
” the government , contractors and society at large are the greatest beneficiaries of the industry as seen in the construction culverts, bridges, drainages, building of houses and roads ,all of which are used by the society.Yet, the industry and its workers have been negelected by the government and society for quite a long time.”
He appealed to the government and private organizations to come and invest in the quarrying sector as it would create a good working climate and environment leading to the provision of welfare for those working in that sector, adding that private investment would bring in new and modern tools for workers, boost the productivity of the sector and ensure that workers welfare are adequately taken care of.
One of the crushers, Bello Salisu said government cannot provide jobs for all and called on youth to be self-reliant and should not allowed to be used by selfish politicians.
On his part, another stonecrusher Kabiru Salisu said lack of government support was their biggest challenges.
He called government to help them with condusive working environment and working tools that can make their work easier.
A second generation stonecrusher, a husband to two wives and many children ,Mohammed Kabir Malali, explained that It was from the work that he fed his family and saved money to pay for children school fees.
The association also appealed to Bank of Industry as well as that of Agriculture to consider their members in their scheme.