Chinese government has assured that companies from the country which fail to comply with Nigerian standard laws would face stiff sanctions in China, just as the Chinese government would also want foreign companies and nationals in China to obey its laws.
This was made known by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Gu Xiaojie, yesterday, to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos, when confronted with complaints by some Nigerians that the companies were not obeying Nigerian laws, especially labour laws.
Chinese companies have come under heavy criticism in Nigeria for allegedly violating labour laws. But Xiaojie said that he had not got any report from Nigerian government authorities of such companies that were violating the laws.
He further stressed that “as an embassy, we have always urged our companies in Nigeria to be law-abiding, as well as engage in their Corporate Social Responsibilities in their host communities. Specifically, I am not aware of these isolated cases of complaints that Chinese companies are not obeying Nigerian Labour laws.
“We have always reminded our companies that they should not put profit above the well being and interest of Nigerians working with them,” he said.
The ambassador noted that the existing relationship between Chinese and Nigerians was being hampered by language, culture and proper understanding of themselves.
He said that the Chinese government was working hard at eradicating the current challenges in the people-to-people interaction between Chinese and Nigerians.
“Let me say that there is today much of Chinese companies presence across Nigeria which shows the existing relationship between China and Nigeria.
“Chinese companies are today providing so much job opportunities to Nigerians in different parts of Nigeria.
“Let me say that China’s policy for Africa is that of openness, transparency, friendliness and win-win cooperation,” he said.


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