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03.03.2021 #Fisayo'sCovid19series Chi Limited Begins Temperature Check for Indians After FIJ Story

Published 3rd Mar, 2021

By Sade Owoyemi

Chi Limited, makers of fast-moving consumer goods, including Chivita, has altered its discriminatory temperature check for Nigerian staff trying to access its headquarters at 14 Chivita Avenue, Ajao Estate, Lagos.

In the past, the company only checked the temperature of its Nigerian staff at the gate.

Nigerians entering the gate were always stopped by security men with handheld thermometers for temperature check. Meanwhile, Indian staff would be driven straight into the compound by their Nigerian drivers without undergoing a temperature check, as part of the wide-ranging ‘expatriate’ treatment they received.

READ ALSO: Chi Limited Treating Indians with COVID-19 Symptoms but Abandoning Nigerians

A security official taking the temperature of an ‘expatriate’ on Wednesday morning

As reported by FIJ on Saturday, at least six Nigerian staff of Chi Limited who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms in the last two weeks were all forced to resume work at the office daily while the company funded the treatment, isolation and recovery of its Indian staff.

The result was that Nigerian staff with symptoms carried on with life as normal or resorted to self-medication.

Since the report, Chi Limited has made some external adjustments to its COVID-19 protocol.

On Wednesday morning, for instance, all staff entering the headquarters, whether they are Nigerians or Indians, had their temperatures taken at the gate, the only exception being the managing director, Deepanjan Roy.

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Published 3rd Mar, 2021

By Sade Owoyemi

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