WAW factory in Ibadan, Oyo state capital was ordered by the Federal Government to be sealed up .
THE Federal Government has ordered the immediate closure of an Ibadan-based factory, Expand Global Manufacturing Limited, makers of WAW detergent, as a result of the death of a 21year-old Richard Gbadebo in the line of duty.
The factory located in Oluyole area of the city, was sealed up on Wednesday by some officials from Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Gbadebo was a 300-level student of the University of Ibadan until his death on July 28.
The victim was a worker with the factory, was reported to have slipped into a soap making machine and died during production, while on night shift.
While reporting, the Federal Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Oyo State Office, Mr Femi Fatoki, said the factory was sealed-up based on findings from a preliminary investigation.
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,” he said.
Fatoki further stated that the factory has been sealed up and it can no longer operate until the order was lifted.
“We are still investigating, looking into the autopsy report and all that. So, when we finish with the investigation, I am sure there would be a statement,” she concluded