There are expectations over the investigation into the death of Richard Gbadebo, an undergraduate student who died at Henkel – Expand Global Industries Limited (EGIL) in Ibadan.
The deceased was a 300-level student in the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan (UI).
He died in July 2020 in the company’s Oluyole factory. Henkel – EGIL are the producers of WAW detergent and bar soap.
The late Richard got a casual job at Henkel – EGIL during the ASUU strike / COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
The 22-year-old reportedly fell into one of the machines while working nights.
The workers did not know about it until they saw blood spilling from the other side of the machine.
DAILY POST understood that his family, friends and colleagues wanted justice.
Two weeks ago, Nigerian authorities ordered an investigation into the industrial accident.
The Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, inaugurated the commission of inquiry after a preliminary investigation.
Keyamo said the investigation complied with the provisions of Article 11 (d) of ILO Convention 155 of 1981 on Occupational Safety and Health and the Labor Disputes Act, laws CAP T8 of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The panel members are Lauretta Nneka Adogu, Director, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor and Employment (Chair); Donald Kehinde Fakunle, Adedayo Akolade Mustapha, Oderinde Olaniyi Abiodun, all ministry staff.
Others are Tolu Akinmayowa, Trade Union Congress (TUC); Benson Upah, Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC); Dakien Naankoeloeng, National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE); Kenneth Iregbu, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and Ogunmuko Babatunde, National Industrial Security Council of Nigeria (NISCN).