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A victim of Chinese inhuman treatment of workers, Olamide Babatunde has narrated how he lost one of his leg and manhood to an avoidable accident in a quarry in Ogun State.
The victim narrated that he has been working as a casual worker for almost 5years, that all he got from the Chinese company was just medical bills paid without adequate compensation for his loss.
Olamide, in a press conference with journalists on Friday, at the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Secretariat in Abeokuta, lamented that his life has been in a downturn since the accident.
He said, “I was in the hospital for almost 4months and they visited me just once. Apart from the hospital bills they settled, I have not heard from them again.
” Whenever we go there, they keep posting me that they will settle me soon. I have lost everything as I cannot impregnate any lady because I lost my manhood to the accident according to the doctors”.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Mine Workers (NUMW) in Ogun state has threatened to shut all Chinese Quarry Investments over the inimical activities of their operators in the state for their unjust treatment and violation of the right of their workers.
The Union expressed sadness over the unfortunate accident of Olamide Babatunde at one of the quarries in Abeokuta (Multiverse Quarry) where he lost his right leg and manhood while operating one of the machines without necessary PPEs on the 18th of July 2020.
The State Chairman, NUMW, Comrade Fasiu Abiola hinted that the Union had intervened and the company settled Olamide’s hospital bills, but during the course of the treatment, it was discovered that the victim has suffered erectile dysfunction and that had rendered him impotent, apart from permanent disability.
Comrade Fasiu explained, “the union had written a letter requesting for the provision of an artificial leg for the victim, completion of the medical treatment, adequate compensation for the victim, up to this moment, he has not been provided with the artificial leg and no compensation for the victim, up to this moment, he has not been provided with the artificial leg and no compensation has been paid.
“After careful review of the activities of these Chinese companies, the union would use all legitimate labour action to prevent further enslavement”.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Labour (NLC), in Ogun State, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole said Chinese investors are adamant in their quest to keep enslaving Nigerians adding that the union has resolved to tackle them, using all necessary labour mechanisms.