COUNTER CLAIM: WE DO NOT ENGAGE IN FORCED LABOUR -JSM
The management of Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company (JSM), ONNA, has come out to clear the air on certain issues concerning working conditions meted out to her staff including the recent allegation of religious insensitivity.
Contrary to reports in some media that the company is building a mosque within its premises with intention of forcing staff of the company to become Muslims, findings have revealed that the reports were not only false but also misleading.
Journalists who visited the company on a facts-finding mission over the weekend, reports that there was no mosque either in a make-shift or permanent form within the company’s premises.
While reacting to the allegations, the Managing Director of Jubilee Syringe Company, Mr.Zubeyir Gulabi said some expatriates from Turkey were flown in to train the staff to enhance proficiency in the handling of some factory machines.
And it was in order to meet up with the training programme which was to last for just one week, the management decided that Saturday and Sunday of last month be included in the training schedules, and urged the staff to make good use of the opportunity offered them to develop their skills.
This development some staff members interpreted to mean religious insensitivity on the part of management of the company. A staff of the company who preferred anonymity, condemned in strong terms the actions of some his colleagues and attributed their excesses to their inability to come to terms with the fact that they are being employed to work in a privately own establishment and not a political settlement and urged the public to ignore the rumours being peddled by a section of the media against the company.
The Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Company, Mr.Babayola Udoh, who conducted Journalists around nooks and crannies of the company, told the pressmen that he has worked with the company for over two years and there have never been a time any member of the management staff compelled or requested any of the junior staff to join them in the mosque for prayers not to talk of building a mosque within the company premises.
Mr, Udoh, noted that he would have been the first to raise alarm, as such practice would undermine the rights and freedom of the staff and even negate the international labour best practices in the company and described as false and misleading the reports about the management of JSM by a segment of the media.
Udoh, urged the media to always cross check their reports before sending to the public.
Also speaking; a staff of the company, Babajide Kotun, who said he is a Moslem faithful, added that the management of JSM is very conversant with labour laws and practices and therefore cannot violate such while carrying out its works in Akwa Ibom State.
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