Indorama Fertilizer Company in big trouble as reps investigate alleged workers brutalisation, pay disparity
Some Nigerian workers were alleged to have brutalized by soldiers and policemen at the instance of the foreign owners of the company located at Eleme, the Rivers State capital
The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate alleged brutalization of Nigerian workers in Indorama Fertilizer and Chemical Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State by soldiers and mobile policemen.
Toward this, the House mandated its Committee on Privatization and Commercialization to carry out the investigation.
Some Nigerian workers were alleged to have brutalized by soldiers and policemen at the instance of the foreign owners of the company located at Eleme, the Rivers State capital.
The committee is also to investigate the alleged huge disparity in the salary structure between the Nigerian employees and their foreign counterparts in the company.
The resolution of the house was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Babatunde Kolawole.
Moving the motion, Kolawole said that Indorama Fertiliser and Chemical Limited produced about 4,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers per day.
He said that the volume of production by the company was estimated to rake in $2 million, reportedly the highest in the world.
But, he said that there was a discord between the company and its Nigerian workers over huge disparity in salaries.
Kolawole stated that the Nigerian field operator in the company earned about N46,000 after tax, while his Indian contemporary earned over N2 million for the same job schedule.
He said: “The workers downed tools in a peaceful protest on the 13th of July, 2017 and the management called in soldiers and mobile policemen to force the workers back to work.
“And, in a bid by the soldiers and policemen to force them back to work, they allegedly used tear gas, stun grenades, belts and horse whips on the workers.
“They were beaten and brutalized, and sustained various degree of injuries.”
Kolawole expressed displeasure that the Nigerian Army, meant to protect the country against external aggression, and their police counterpart, were being used at will by expatriates against Nigerians.
The lawmaker decried the situation and said that he had video and pictorial evidence of the assault.
According to him, though the case of salary disparity has been reportedly filed with the Ministry of Labour since last year, nothing has been about it till this moment.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yusuff Lasun, who presided at the plenary.
The motion was referred to the Committee on Privatization and Commercialisation, which was given two weeks to report back.Theeagleonline