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Nigerian Workers Being Used As Slaves On Benin Shagamu Road By Reynolds Construction Company

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August 18, 2015 – Abuse Of Labour: FG Contractor Reynolds Construction Company Using Nigerian Workers As Slaves On Benin Shagamu Expressway

The contractor, Reynolds Construction Company handling Benin/Shagamu Express Way recently embarked on mass dis-engagement of workers due to inability of the Federal Government to pay their outstanding work certificates.

Recently, about two weeks now, the situation changed and they called some workers back to work with the aim of using 25% of their work force to do the full work. Workers are told is the new company policy to use one employee for the work that supposed to be done by four employees.

I investigated the matter and I found that it is true. Nigerians are being used as slaves on the site. Some workers work for twenty four hours daily but booked for eleven or twelve hours. Any employee that complains will be shown the way out of the site.

Some are sick but afraid to complain with the fear of being sacked. The situation is even worse for the employees constructing the drainages on the road. They work restlessly without break.

This is too much for Nigerian workers.
The company Labour Union is weak. They do not have any say on the bad situation befalling the workers.

We are calling on the Federal Government and NLC to please save these hard working construction workers being used as slaves by their taskmasters.

[Tunde John writes from Lagos]



  1. Kunle Ilahor

    August 18, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    Construction workers are paid 16,000 over there, I have a brother who quit last month.

  2. Maxwell

    August 18, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    It’s a dog-eat-dog situation. No White man can exploit a Black man on African soil without the active connivance of another Black man. Corruption us deeply embedded in our system and the white folks are latching in on this loop hole to enslave our people.
    Way forward: Let us act more and talk less. Our leaders have sold out. Catch them and throw them out.


    August 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM


  4. Yinkai

    August 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    The day the Nigerian government and all its agencies everywhere in the world begin to treat Nigerians with dignity is when others will treat us the same too. The way our government treats us is shameful to say the least.

  5. Mike

    August 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    I am so happy for bringing out this secret of enslavement. I am one of the workers paid off by the company some months ago. I came back to be employed but went home disappointed. White men said the work is one for four on the job. believe me is hell. Those workers in the workshop face a lot of hardship. The workshop Manager there is a sycho. A young man is his early 30’s. You will not believe what you see if you go to that site.

  6. Mr Afred

    August 18, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    hmm this serious

  7. jafaru

    August 18, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    This problem is applicable to all the construction company in this country, especially the Lebanese owned companies, imagine the long working years as a casuals and you deer not complain. Its so annoying, I’m appealing to the government to please address this slavery act.

  8. Jilo

    August 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Whenever I read a story like this on our National Newspaper, I always have this strong feeling of annoyance. This is more reason why we all need to work together in order to avoid this kind of embarrassment on our own soil. Let’s come together and say no to all thieves in the corridor of power. Let us dissociate and distance ourselves from these people. Our problem as the most civilized black race is the inability to come together as one to detest bad behavior of our people in the leadership position. We need not to go around them and ask to pass down the little crumbs from what they stole. If we can keep our treasury secure this act of modern enslavery will never have a place.

  9. Tennis

    August 18, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Lazy Nigerians. They complain just about anything. Go and pray, God will tar the roads overnight.

  10. bello

    August 20, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    who is this tennis of a guy? please mind the way you use your language.

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