15 October 2015, Lagos – The federal government on Wednesday commenced investigations into the circumstances that led to the injury and death of workers at a steel factory operated by Chinese businessmen in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.
Making this revelation in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh, expressed the readiness of the federal government to prosecute employers of labour that violate laws that protect workers against occupational hazards at work places.
According to him, the Ministry of Labour and Productivity has constituted a high-level team to investigate the cause of the accident that resulted in the injury and death of many Nigerian workers at the steel factory.
“Already, the top management of Hongxing Steel Company has been invited for a crucial meeting in Abuja next Monday.
“The federal government will begin to sanction employers of labour that violate the country’s Factories Act Cap F1 LFN 2004 on occupational safety and health at work places,” he said.
While bemoaning the recurring preventable fatal industrial accidents that have resulted in injuries and the death of Nigerian workers, Illoh said the investigative team has been mandated to uncover the real cause of the accident that led to the loss of lives.
He maintained that the federal government would not hesitate to prohibit and prosecute errant employers of labour that contravened extant labour laws and regulations.
– This Day