The Federal government has ordered the immediate closure of Henkel Nigerian services, the maker of WAW soap and detergent. This was due to the recent death of 21 year-old Richard Gbadebo.
The factory was sealed off on Wednesday 5th August 2020 by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
The representative of the ministry stated that the order agrees with the stipulations of Section 3 of the Nigerian Factory Act. The factory will be sealed off while investigations into the death of Richard Gbadebo is being carried out by appropriate authorities.
Last week, the country was thrown into mourning following the death of a 21 year old student of the University of Ibadan who was killed while operating a soap making machine. The deceased, Gbadebo Richard, had been working for Henkel Nigeria Limited before the tragic accident. He was home like all other students in the country as a result of the Federal government imposed lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.
He was killed in the line of duty in the early hours of Tuesday 28th July 2020. He had reportedly slipped into the machine which cut his body into two. Other operators in the company where alerted that something was wrong when they saw blood in the detergents coming out of the machine. It was discovered that the upper half of Richard’s body had been crushed and only the lower half was released to his family for burial.
Many netizens that have worked for the company were furious after the announcement of the death owing to the fact that they claimed the company is very negligent in terms of the safety of workers. Mr Richard Gbadebo had been trying to spend his time productively only to have his young life cut short. We hope that the investigation is properly done to mitigate future occurrences.