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FG shuts Lagos steel company over industrial accident

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

The Federal Government yesterday announced the immediate closure of Hongxing Steel Company, Amuwo Odofin to pave the way for unhindered investigations into incidences of factory accidents, including alleged death of employees, recorded in the company recently.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 28, 2015 at the United Nations in New York. AFP
President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 28, 2015 at the United Nations in New York. AFP

The Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Funso Olukoga, who made the disclosure yesterday at a press conference said the company must shut down its operations immediately for quick resolution of the crisis going on in the company.

Making public the outcome of his agency’s preliminary investigation into the factory accidents, Olukoga said the findings was done in collaboration with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) represented by Simeso Amachree and the representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kasimu Kadiri, Felix Uche, Obukese Orere and Director of Investigation of the PCC, Stella Ozojiofor.

In attendance at the press briefing was Obinna Eze who had his right hand fingers chopped off by a compressor while on duty in the company and has not been paid any compensation.

To ensure obedience of the government order, Olukoga also directed the Lagos State Safety Commission to enforce the closure order.

Workers of the company had in a national daily last week cried out over slavery and factory accidents leading to death and maiming of workers without adequate compensation by the company among other untoward issues.

They had alleged that one of their colleagues, Emeka Umoh, a worker with Hongxing Steel Company was scalded to death after liquefied iron spilled on his body while on duty.

According to them he later died at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba where he was rushed to for treatment.


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