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Kano tea company pleads with Gov Yusuf over trade mark dispute

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An appeal has gone to Gov Abba Yusuf of Kano State to save a company that produces tea in the state from trade mark war.
The appeal took place when staff of the local company submitted a protest letter to the governor.
Giving details, Abubakar Adam, manager, Al-Iman tea, producers of Z and Y black tea, appealed to the governor to intervene in a trademark dispute with the foreign company.

According to him, the dispute had led to harassment, intimidation, and unlawful arrests of the company’s workers.
Adam explained that in spite of legitimate trademark registration, their competitor resorted to unethical tactics to maintain its market dominance.
The company urged the governor to protect its workers and to investigate the foreign company’s actions, facilitate a dialogue, and promote policies discouraging monopoly.
Adam said that the company has over 500 workers on its payroll and contributes to Kano State’s economic development.
He said that the fate of the young company and the livelihood of many depended on the governor’s intervention.

Gov. Yusuf pledged his administration’s continued support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
The governor was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shehu Sagagi.
He said that the state government would do everything possible to support and encourage SMEs and large industries operating in the state.
According to him, strengthening the sector will deepen economic growth and fight poverty in the state.
He assured the protesters that the state government would not allow unwholesome practices in the state.

Abba warned large entities conducting businesses in the state to avoid using security agencies to harass upcoming companies in the state.
Yusuf assured them that since the company was registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the state government would look into trade issue of the company.
He urged them to do their businesses according to laid down rules and procedures. (NAN)

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