NBA UKWA BRANCH COMMENDS ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROMPT RESPONSE TO THE CASE OF ALLEGED ENSLAVEMENT OF NIGERIANS BY INNER GALAXY, A CHINESE COMPANY AT UMUAHALA, UKWA WEST LGA.
On Wednesday 12th August, 2020 the story of the enslavement and inhuman treatment of Nigerians in the employ of a Chinese company, Inner Galaxy, located at Umuahala – Obuzor in Ukwa West LGA, went viral on the social media platforms.
Immediately upon the story reaching us, we quickly announced the setting up of a committee to investigate the story and report back to the NBA Ukwa Branch with a view to taking necessary steps to ensure that Nigerians in the employ of that Chinese company do not take undue advantage of our people.
The effort is in fulfilment of the responsibility of the Nigerian Bar Association as the watch dog of the society and as part of her corporate social responsibility.
Interestingly, on Thursday 13th Aug 2020, information also filtered in about the dispatch to Inner Galaxy of a fact finding team by the Abia State government.
Following the report of the fact finding team, the Governor of Abia State has also constituted an enlarged and high powered Committee to fully investigate the story and report back to the government within two weeks.
The NBA Ukwa Branch is happy with this development and the speed of the intervention by the Abia State government.
We therefore thank the governor for the prompt response to the situation.
We also wish to congratulate the Chairman and members of the investigation Committee on their appointments.
NBA Ukwa Branch is therefore extending hands of cooperation to the Abia State government and the Committee on this onerous but all important assignment to ensure that every unwholesome labour practice within the Chinese company is unravelled.
We hereby assure that we shall do whatever would be required of us to do to assist the Committee come up with the whole truth about what has been happening in the company.
Sir S.E.C. Nwosu
NBA, Ukwa Branch