Construction workers march to Lagos gov’s office

NIGERIANS working for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) yesterday marched to the office of the Lagos State governor in Alausa, Ikeja to protest the sack of over 500 workers.

The protesters, who stormed Alausa mid-day, also alleged several inhuman treatments, including high handedness, non-compliance to safety culture and failure to compensate injured or deceased workers, all against their Chinese employers.

It would be recalled that the Chinese construction company is one of the major beneficiaries of construction contracts awarded by the Lagos State government, Federal Government and many other state governments. CCECC is also currently working on the Abuja-Lagos rail projects among others.

The workers, numbering over 300, appealed to the state government to come to their aid and save them from “foreigners enslaving us in our own country.”

The protesters said that they had worked for the company for at least five years both as casual workers and permanent staff under “dangerous condition without safety materials,” which often lead to permanent disabilities and deaths of their colleagues.