Nigeria: 30 textile workers die waiting for benefits

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria said it had lost 30 members who died waiting for their entitlements. In a statement in Kano, the union said the workers, who worked for Gaskiya Textile Ltd., Kano, died because of the hardship they faced from non-payment of their entitlements after the firm was shut in 2005. The statement, signed by Malam Ali Baba, the union’s organising secretary in Kano, said the workers were frustrated. It said some fell ill, while others were homeless because they had been ejected from their rented houses. According to the statement, 680 workers who worked for between five and 25 years were still waiting for their benefits, adding that efforts to settle the matter with the company’s management had failed.

The statement said the company owed the workers about N400 million and urged the state government to intervene in the matter. It said the company had laid off 160 workers and had 450 others on its payroll when it was closed, while another 70 had resigned voluntarily. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on Jan. 10, the workers forwarded a petition to the government.

In an interview, the managing director of the company, Alhaji Sanusi Nababa, said the management was working on ways to pay the workers. Nababa said the country’s economic situation had made it impossible for textile companies to survive. He said the management had had several meetings with the workers on the issue and urged them to exercise patience.

He said no investor would close shop for reasons that could be avoided.

Nababa said foreign competition was a major obstacle to local industries and urged the government to implement policies that would discourage importation. He said with the problems facing the industries such as power, their products could not compete with foreign ones. (NAN)


4 Responses to “Nigeria: 30 textile workers die waiting for benefits”

  1. 1 malick March 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

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  3. 3 musnab April 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Some people are funny.

  4. 4 musnab April 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm


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