Nigeria: Ministry closes firm for flouting labour standards

By Collins Olayinka

The Minister of Labour, Dr. Hassan Lawal has ordered the immediate closure of an Abuja-based bakery outfit for flouting labour standard. A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary of the ministry, Samuel Olowookere, said the sanction was necessitated by the firm’s refusal to operate within the provision of the law as regards firm’s registration under the Nigerian Factories Act, 126 of 1990.

The firm, Oceanic Bakery, which is located at Plot 458, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja, is owned by some Chinese businessmen.

The ministry stated that the closure order would remain until the owners obtain necessary certifications under the Factories Act 1990.

While giving order for the closure of the company on behalf of the minister, Director of the Inspectorate Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwankwo said that it is unacceptable for any factory to operate without taken into consideration the provisions of the law of the land.

She said: “It is really unacceptable for any firm whether foreign or local to operate in Nigeria without obtaining the necessary registration before stating operation. The ministry through its inspectorate is determined to stop illegal operation of any company. This particular is just one of many firms that the ministry has closed in recent times. This firm will remain closed until they comply with the necessary guidelines.”

She emphasised that the Ministry of Labour is out to protect the workers’ condition of service at all level and frowned at the poor and hazardous environmental condition of the company.

Mrs. Nwankwo maintained that closure of the factory was as result of the report from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Person and other related matters (NAPTIP), over the need for the Ministry of Labour to assign factory inspectors to monitor the activities of the bakery.

She stressed that government will not compromise standard in its efforts to fish out factories that do not comply with Act 126 of 1990, which empowers the Inspectorate Department of the Federal of Ministry of Labour to sanction any factory that is in violation of the good practice.

5 Responses to “Nigeria: Ministry closes firm for flouting labour standards”

  1. 1 Gbemileke Aderemi November 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    This is a fantastic move by Dr Hassan Lawal. We are definitely taking this effort to a greater and an all-encompassing level. Nigeria have good Laws but need right(passionate leaders)people to implement them.

    I’d like to seize this opportunity to appreciate our noble Ministry, Labour and we hope that it will not END HERE. … let us learn from NAFDAC.

    Thank you

    Gbemileke Aderemi

  2. 2 Tunji June 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Please does anyone has a soft copy of the Factory Act of 1990 to kindly forward it to my e-mail.

  3. 3 christopher July 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Pls,I am intersted in Inspection certification oflifting equipment.I need information on how i cando it with ministry of labour under the inspectorate of factory department.
    thank you.

  4. 4 Caleb Zadok October 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I would be grateful to have a copy of Factory Act of 1990, please anyone who has it kindly sent it to my email. Also a copy of labour act I would appreciate both of them.

  5. 5 Kunle February 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    This effort is great and highly commendable. Nigeria needs to move ahead in the drive to build the good culture of accountability and true compliance to standards and not just a GREEN Credential/sustainability report stopping at image making. The government regulators must continue to update their knowledge to match current challenges. There must be community participation in inspection through creative programs for feedback and alert systems. Inspection of factories, should however not be discriminatory, targeting only businesses owned by foreigners. Notices are to be served to allow for closing out of areas of non conformities after creating proper awareness, before any punitive measure is given. There must be sanity in our factories, especially as it relates to issues of safety of employees and the natural environment. It should not be compromised for profit

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