Information on the company’s website reads in part, “We are West Africa’s leading manufacturer of steel products for the building and construction industry; automobile and automotive industry; industrial machinery, appliances; oil and gas industry; amongst many others.”
However, an undercover investigation by an Investigative Journalist has exposed the sufferings Nigerians are subjected to, in their own country, by the Chinese Nationals.
Over 1000 Nigerians are said to be working from 6 am to 7 pm at INNER GALAXY GROUP, without any kind of guarantee, employment letters, leave breaks or even off-duties.
The investigation also revealed that Employer to Employee relationship in the company is the same as that of a master and a slave.
Similarly, while male employees are physically assaulted, the females are sexually assaulted.
The Journalist in question also alleges that the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, is aware of these harsh treatments meted on Nigerians in the company. However, he has turned a blind eye.
According to the report, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the workers have been locked up in a dirty and unconducive facility, without being granted access to their families.
It was also revealed that the Nigeria Police and Army are also being used to punish the workers. He said, “They now detect to the Army & police how to treat & oppress Nigerians, who are their employees.”
In the Twitter thread, the user made a series of allegations against the Chinese firm which include physical assault of workers, sexual harassment, terrible working conditions, discrimination and others.
Sam Hart in the tweet said the governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu has “directed an investigation into the situation at Inner Galaxy Steel Company, Ukwa, Abia State. A number of Government officials were at the premises this morning including the Member Representing the LGA at the HoA.”
I took my investigations to INNER GALAXY GROUP. A Chinese modern day slave camp, right inside Nigeria. This company is located at Umuahala, Obuzor Asa, in Ukwa West LGA of Abia State. My revelation is heart breaking, to say the least.
This company has over 1000 Nigerian workers, working under the most dehumanizing conditions ever known to mankind. They resume work as early as 6am, & close as late as 7pm daily. Monday till Sunday. NO LEAVE. NO OFF. NO EXCUSE. NO OFFER LETTER. NO EMPLOYMENT LETTER
A worker can be employed today, & be sacked that same day for no reason. Every day & minute in that company, could be your last, as a Nigerian worker. There is no job security, or job guarantee. They will sack workers, chase them away with Army or police, never to return.
Just like a slave, and a slave master relationship. Every Nigerian in that company is mandated to call their Chinese employers MASTER or MISTRESS. failure to do that, attracts a direct sack. Nigerians are violated and molested by their Chinese employers daily.
This lady was sacked by her Chinese employers at Inner Galaxy group, because a Chinese MASTER solicited for paid SEX from her, and she declined. 6/18
This man was injured right inside the company premises, while on production duty. His foot was amputated, because of the level of damage. Up till this very moment, he has not been compensated, but has long been sacked by the company. 7/18
The government of Abia State @Abiastategov is fully aware of these atrocities, the governor of Abia state OKEZIE IKPEAZU @GovernorIkpeazu is fully aware. In fact, the governor is a regular visitor to INNER GALAXY GROUP. But he chose to be silent, despite all the atrocities.
INNER GALAXY GROUP, has Abia state government, in it’s armpits, in the name of “Employers of labour” They bought over the @PoliceNG & the @HQNigerianArmy around them with bribes. They now detect to the Army & police how to treat & oppress Nigerians, who are their employees.
For over 3 months & counting, Inner Galaxy Group has been holding workers on hostage because of covid19. They locked the gates, denying workers access to go home. If you dare complain, the @PoliceNG
DPO of Obehie police station CSP Isiguzo will be called, to arrest you.
Workers are camped in a prison like accommodation provided by the company before now. See where Nigerian workers of inner Galaxy group sleep, after 13 hours of tedious job daily.
It is truly heartbreaking to see what fellow Nigerians, are reduced to. Because of government insensitivity, and the high rate of unemployment. Chinese now feel they are doing us favour, by treating Nigerians as slaves in our own country, in the area of employment.
With the little i know, it is only prisoners that are subjected to these type of dirty environment and accommodations in Nigeria. Nigeria has failed are citizens, @Abiastategov
has failed her people. Okezie Ikpeazu @GovernorIkpeazu is a failure. Cameras are allover the company, monitoring activities of workers daily. Workers can not gather themselves for any reason whatsoever. They can’t form Union, they can’t protest or press on for any demands. The Army Barracks around, is been used at will. Just like police
Here some workers protested the dehumanizing conditions, they are subjected to daily by Inner Galaxy group. They were rounded up right inside the company, beaten up, and sacked.
On a final note, let me state it here categorically that, out of over 1000 Nigerian workers with Inner Galaxy group, it was in June that the company gave 18 employees offer letters. Out of over 1000 workers. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT, THEY CAN’T BE SACKED ANY TIME.
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