Many Nigerians have raised concern over the exploitation of Nigerian workers in Chinese companies with the country.
Many Nigerian have called for the closure of several Chinese companies for maltreating their workers. One of the companies affected is the Hongxing Steel Company Limited, in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State, where workers are exposed to hazards that lead to deaths and injuries.
Nigerians have called on government regulatory agencies to probe the company’s safety standards and sanction the owners appropriately.
Punch news had earlier reported two deaths in the Chinese company, which workers said were only a few of the many casualties recorded in the firm. The workers of these Chinese companies have also complained about their meager wages.
In response to this situation, popular Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, told PUNCH Metro on Tuesday that his chambers would be filing a petition to the National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Labour.
Falana, who demanded the closedown of the factory till it was in the right state, said the owners were liable for the injuries and deaths of their workers.
Under the Labour Law, as well as the Factory Act, manufactures and owners of business premises are required to put their environment in good condition and train their workers.
If for any reason there is an industrial accident, the management of the factory is duty bound to provide adequate medical treatment for the victim. If for any reason a worker dies or is injured, the management has to make full reparation or pay compensation. If the worker suffers permanent disability, the owner of the factory is vicariously liable and has to maintain that worker throughout his life. This is why the law requires companies to insure their workers in case of accidents.
Falana lashed out at the National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Labour for not ensuring the safety of Nigeria workers. He also lambasted the Chinese companies for explioting Nigerian workers.