Women from the Rido community in Kaduna State, have taken to the streets to protest their husband’s sexual weakness, demanding that the start performing their matrimonial duties or face a mass divorce.
The women said the chemical waste and fumes from the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), has made thier husband’s lose sexual potency, making them unable to satisfy their women on bed.
Speaking to journalists during the protest, some married women said most men in the Mararaba Rido community suffered one form of reproductive health problem or the other due to the toxic waste from the KRPC.
They reported that their men suffer weak erection and infertility, while the women often miscarry their babies or their ovaries are affected.
A community leader, Mohammed Bashar, also pointed out:
“Most of the complaints could be associated with secondary infertility, because victims have, in the past, given birth to children before they suddenly stopped.
There was widespread belief that smoke and poisonous gases emitted from the refinery have reproductive health effect on people living in the area, but no medical report has confirmed the allegation due to inability of villagers to seek comprehensive medical tests, perhaps owing to lack of awareness and poverty.”