Police Allegedly Shot, Injured Two As Sona Agro Allied Staff, Ota Protest Over ‘Ill Treatments’ By Indian Employers
By: Odetola Boluwatife
Staff of Sona Agro Allied Food Limited, Sango, Ota in Ogun state, have today, protested over what they termed, ‘maltreatment’ from their Indian employers, ‘failed promises’, ‘casualization’, among others.
A reliable source within the company who spoke with VOA News Correspondent on the condition of anonymity, explained that the management of Sona Agro Allied Food limited, makers of Sona Rich- tea Biscuit, Sona Digestive Biscuit, Coaster Biscuit, and so on, have so long been treating its staff like ‘fugitives’ in their own land.
He narrated further that their Indian employers have since refused to allow the birth of workers union in the organization because of a ‘calculated attempt to continuously enslave them and further deprive them of their rights’.
“The main reason why we need workers union is that the Indians do treat us like slaves. People are being deprived of their right which union should not have allowed if they had allowed it to stay. We are tired of suffering and smiling in our beloved country”.
He stressed further that the company has not increased its workers’ salary nor give them other emoluments whatsoever since it started operation.
Meanwhile, the workers, as gathered by VOA News Correspondent have assembled for a peaceful demonstration in the early hours of Thursday before Mobile Policemen detailed to the company allegedly started shooting at them and in the course, shot and injured two of the workers, a move which did not go down well with the workers as they descended heavily on the company’s properties, destroying vehicles and some other valuables.
When our Correspondent contacted a Police echelon in Ota as to inquire into the ensued melee, he said that no staff was killed in the impasse that broke out between the management and workers of Sona Agro Allied Food limited, but some staff were injured and that he has gone to see them and that they were faring better.
All efforts to reach the management of the company to lead VOA News into what led to the fracas proved abortive as the new Human Resources personnel of the organization could not be reached as at press time.