Allegations of sexual harassment, unhealthy working situations, and bodily assault on employees, leveled in opposition to Inside Galaxy Metal Firm Restricted, a Chinese language metal manufacturing agency, working in Abia State, is grossly exaggerated and included largely false claims, investigative committee, says.
A thread on Twitter from a non-public investigator with the deal with, @In truth83, on August 12, 2020, had accused the corporate of bodily assault on employees, sexual harassment, and unhealthy working situations, amongst others.
The allegations introduced critical condemnation and outcry from Nigerians in opposition to the corporate, prompting the Abia State Authorities to arrange the committee led by, Uwaoma Olewengwa, State’s commissioner for Trade, to research the allegations.
Olewengwa, whereas presenting the committee’s findings to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, defined that they interacted with the administration, employees, and host neighborhood in course of their work and came upon that many of the allegations had been false.
The committee beneficial amongst different issues that the State Ministry of Trade, ought to stay as much as its duty of standard supervision, to cut back incidents of non-compliance to guidelines of engagements and international greatest practices.
Ikpeazu congratulated the committee for work carried out and promised to arrange an implementation committee to review and implement the report accordingly.
Abia State Governor, described Inside Galaxy Restricted, as a flagship trade within the State, which in accordance with him, has made Abia the foremost State within the recycling of waste metals, describing the corporate as a hen that’s attempting to brood.
He urged Abia communities to be circumspect in managing the connection with buyers, assuring that his authorities is dedicated to making sure that host communities and employees should not short-changed, by buyers.
Ikpeazu said that his administration is working exhausting to untie shackles round ailing industries within the State, similar to Fashionable Ceramics, Umuahia, Aba Textile Mills, and Aba Glass Trade.
He affirmed that his administration’s effort at reactivating moribund industries has thrived, as Golden Guinea Breweries is again and effervescent.
Ikpeazu famous that authorities has the duty of making certain that non-public industries within the State function inside the confines of the legislation and vowed to proceed to offer an enabling surroundings for them.
The Governor appealed to elites in Abia State, together with these from Ukwa West Native Authorities Space, to assist the training of their youths, in an effort to make them employable and be a part of the rising industrial metropolis within the space.
He additional charged the youths to see industries of their communities as sources of income and growth, and present assist to them.
The Governor famous that manufacturing firms are of better profit to their host communities, as they will present jobs to all strata of individuals.