The Nigeria Police has complied with the directive of Edo State ordering warrant of arrest on a Benin based Chinese firm, Rongtai Aluminium Company Limited. The representatives of the company were brought to the Edo State House of Assembly by the Police to respond to allegations of inhuman treatment melted against a Nigerian employee by
The Nigeria Police has complied with the directive of Edo State ordering warrant of arrest on a Benin based Chinese firm, Rongtai Aluminium Company Limited.
The representatives of the company were brought to the Edo State House of Assembly by the Police to respond to allegations of inhuman treatment melted against a Nigerian employee by the management of the company.
Those arrested and brought to the House by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Obike,are Bink Chi, Public Relations Officer (P.R.O), Mrs Edith Amas (Translator) ,Eric Wu(Manager) and John Imasuen (Legal adviser).
It will be recalled that the State House of Assembly has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest and brought before it the Managing Director of the company over his refusal to appear before it to respond to a petition brought against the company by the staff.
During yesterdays sitting, the Assembly directed the ad-hoc committee led by Mr. Foly Ogedengbe to revisit Rongtai Aluminum company today (Wednesday) with a view to ascertaining the authenticity of the claims made by its representatives to it.
The chairman of the ad-hoc Committee, Foly Ogedengbe who sought to know if the company in its operational site has different dormitories, canteens for both the Chinese and indigenous workers, said that he was informed that the company has more unskilled Chinese workers than the indigenous workers. Also speaking, Emmanuel Agbaje , member representing (APC Akoko-Edo II wondered if the company ever had expatriate quotas, factory ordinance role and business permit.
In its response, the Public Relations Officer, Mr Bink Chi who spoke through the company’s translator because of his inability to speak English, apologised for its inability to honour earlier invitations by the House.
Chi said the development was simply because the Managing Director was unavoidably absent as at the time the invitation letter came.
According to Chi, the company has only six Chinese workers and over 100 indigenous workers from Nigeria working in the company.
“The company has an active business permit which allows it operate legally. We also have a standby doctor in the clinic that handles cases of emergency in the company before they are referred to hospital for further medical attention,” he said.
The Speaker, Kabir Adjoto in his submission condemned the refusal of the management of the company to honour earlier invitation by the house noting that acts of insubordination would not be tolerated by the House.
He said that the ad-hoc Committee would be reassigned to pay an on the spot assessment visit to the company today to verify all the claims made by the representatives of the company .
The Speaker added that it was the duty of the House to make sure investors operating in the state obeyed the business rules and guidelines.