Bemoan Death of Workers In Auto Crash
A Kogi base Ceremics company, BN Ceremic industry, Ajaokuta, has bemoaned the death of their staff in an auto crash that occured last week Wednesday, described the incident as unfortunate.
The company also decried the forceful invasion of the company a day before the accident by some youths, said their action was criminal.
The company Human Resource Manager, Mr. Mohammed Salihu stated this yesterday during a condolence visit by the company to families of the deceased and those still hospitalized as a result of the accident.
Mohamed said the accident that occurred outside the premises of the company involving a Volkswagen saloon Golf car and the company bus resulted in the death of two of their staff.
The Human resources Manager who was flanked by the Marketing Development Manager, Mr James Bright and the Sales Manager, Mr Mike Tamir said though there was practically nothing the company could have done to stop an accident that occurred several kilometres away from the company premises, involving another careless commuter.
He however said that immediately the news of the accident got to the management, they despatched some people to the scene led by the company safety officers who rescued the victims and immediately took those injured to the hospital.
“Regrettably, two female staff of the company namely, Faliat Ozigi and Halimat Jibo died on the spot of the accident.” he added.
Mohammed said while he was preparing to go to the scene of the accident with other management team of the company to sympathise and give them necessary support, some youths in the area threatened to lynch them if they ventured moved out of the company premises, a situation which he said scared them.
He, however, disclosed that the management still swiftly provided the necessary logistics to move the injured to the hospital and paid for all expenses incurred while those with complications have been moved to another hospital.
While saying the company has prepared a comprehensive package for the families of the two staff who lost their lives, he said more incentives will also be made available to the injured, stressed that the company will always be responsive to the plights and welfare of their staff at all times.
The management of the company during the visit to the families of the deceased and victims still in the hospital presented them with some cash gifts to cater for the burial rites and those attending to the hospitalized.
Speaking on behalf of the deceased families, father of 27 years old Faliat, Mr Dauda Ozigi who was in deep sorrow expressed the need for the company to be more proactive to the needs of the staff and the host community and urged the management of the company not to abandon the family.
Speaking on the invasion of the company, Salihu said the management was shocked over the invasion, and has commenced a legal action as the youths destroyed some of their property.
According to him, the youths under the auspices of Pan African Youths Development Network forcefully invaded the premises of the company accompanied by some armed policemen and soldiers and threatened to deal with the management of the company unless ₦10 million was given to them.
He disclosed that the youth group who also illegally demanded for a bus and some percentage of the company sales to be paid to them every month, inciting the workers that the company is not taking their welfare and corporate Social Responsibility with the seriously it deserves.
Salihu however debunked the youths position, saying the welfares and their responsibilities to their host communities remains top most priority.End.