Management of AKEES factory react to rumours of factory shutdown

Following the rumour that the Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme –AKEES factory that produces AKEES Pencil and Toothpick have shut down due to non-payment of eight months salaries, the management have described as untrue, confirming that only five months outstanding salaries are yet to be paid to the workers.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Planet News, the General Manager of AKEES, Bassey Moses, who dismissed as false rumors that the industry has been shut down due to non-payment of rent and salaries, added that production has been ongoing despite the five months salaries owed the workers and assured that all outstanding salaries would be cleared today Friday, January 12, as maintenance of the machines and equipment in the factory was ongoing for full resumption of work on Monday, January 15 this year.

Our Correspondent, Bassey Ibaitisuho who visited the factory located along Kilometre 2, Uyo-Etinan road reports that although no worker was found on site, the Line Manager for AKEES Toothpick, Christopher Shawa who was supervising maintenance work said they embarked on break on December 23, 2017 and are yet to resume, due to lack of spare parts for the machines to function and unavailability of raw materials for production.

Recall that in an exclusive report by Planet Radio one week ago, residents of Uyo had complained over the unavailability of AKEES Pencils and Toothpicks in major sales outlet in the State capital with the management saying that since commissioning of the factory in the second quarter of 2017, over one million of the products have so far been sold in the state.



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