Child labour infringements: Cheng-Fa Nigeria Limited was said to have been engaged the services of over 100 under-aged children as casual workers. These children allegedly worked for 12 to 18 hours daily while receiving N700 as wages. Even with that meagre sum, deductions were made from the under-aged workers’ salaries for reasons such as lateness to work and failure to meet their targets.
More Offences: The Safety Commission further alleged that the environment was not safe and conducive for workers to work in. According to the government agency, there are other safety issues that needed to be worked on some of which include:
It was also stated that the access routes are not clearly demarcated. As a matter of fact, the company’s entire safety management protocol is allegedly poor. A representative of the commission had asked the company to provide their emergency kit but unfortunately, they couldn’t provide any. In response, the company’s lawyer stated that they are in partnership with the General hospital located around the area where the workers are normally sent to when they fall sick.
The Chinese company will not be reopened until all the safety measures are adequately met.