Lagos Shuts Down Chinese Firm Over Safety Issues

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A Chinese company operating in Lagos State, Cheng-Fa Nigeria Limited, has been shut down by the state government.

The Lagos State Safety Commission, which sealed the firm, said the organisation was operating with dangerous electrical installation, environmental hazards and poor working conditions, which had caused the electrocution of Joseph Ekwenube, a 14-year-old casual worker with the company.

Speaking on the incident, the agency’s Director-General, Mr Hakeem Dickson, stated that the firm was shut because it was not safety compliant as it lacks basic safety equipment and poor wiring system among other workplace safety violations.

Mr Dickson warned the management of the Chinese firm to abstain from breaking or removing the seal broken until satisfactory safety measures are put in place, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the Law.

While lamenting that many other companies operating in Lagos violate safety guidelines, he urged organisations to be more proactive than reactive in order to ensure safety measures are properly put in place for staff and visitors.

The Director-General reiterated the present administration’s commitments to safety of lives and property of all residents in the State, noting that the government is determined to do everything within its power to ensure that all organisations in Lagos comply with best practice in International Safety Operations.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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