Some Indians, who claim to work for Power Mech Company at Dangote Refinery in Lagos State, have lamented that they are being forced to work, despite the lockdown imposed over the coronavirus outbreak.
In a video, the foreigners, who appear to be casual workers, also decried the poor working conditions they are being subjected to, comparing the food they are given as “worse than that for animals.”
The man, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in the footage, said other Indian companies in the facility are observing the lockdown, however, they are forced to work, and are owed three months salary.
He called on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, “to kindly understand our problem and help us out of this situation by taking necessary steps to save our lives.”
He said: “Dear Brothers, we the citizens of India are speaking from Dangote Refinery, which is situated almost 60 kilometres away from Lagos in Nigeria. We are the workers of Dangote Refinery. The whole world is suffering from coronavirus which is a global pandemic. In this situation, Nigeria has also announced its lockdown.
“During this situation of lockdown, the workers of Power Mech Company are being forced to work. The staff are here forcing us to work through physical violence. We request the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi Ji, and the Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah ji to help us in this situation.
“The people here are forcing us to work by taking us out of our rooms and taking us into the bus in order to make us work. The company responsible for this is the Power Mech Company. There are many other Indian companies in Nigeria. But none of the workers are being forced to work. All the other companies are abiding by the rules of the lockdown. The other workers are safe and secure and are staying in their rooms. Security arrangements have been made for them.
“The Power Mech Company has not provided any security for us. We the workers working in Power Mech Company have not been paid. The workers here have not received any payment since three months. And there is no food arrangement made for us. The food which is given is worse than that for animals. In this situation pandemic, they are not saving us from the disease but are trying to kill us. They are pushing us into it to die.”
Watch the video below: