FG Shuts down Soap Factory Where University of Ibadan Student was Killed

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The Federal Government has shut down a soap factory in Oyo State, WAW detergents, where a 21 year old University of Ibadan student was killed.

Richard Gbadebo, a 300 level student of the University of Ibadan, died on duty at the factory on July 28 in a freak factory accident according to the management of the company.

The 21 year old who was on night shift, allegedly slipped into a soap making machine and was killed while production was ongoing.

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While the owners of the soap factory has assured the family of compensation for the death of the young student, the latter called for the establishment to be shut down.

However, officials from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity moved in on Wednesday and shut down the factory until Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is completed.

Speaking on the development, the Comptroller of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Oyo State, Mr. Femi Fatoki said the soap factory will remain sealed until Investigations are completed.

He said;

“Immediately we got knowledge of the accident, we came for a report. We came here and we could not do more.”

“But despite that, we are able to put up a preliminary investigation and it was based on the preliminary investigation that we ordered the sealing up of the factory.”

“And this order is in conformity with section 38 of the Nigeria Factory Act. It has been identified as a dangerous workplace and the record said we should seal it up.”

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