CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria / Eleme Fertilizer-01/Port Harcourt

Complainant
IEFCL employees
Date Filed
April 11, 2018
Concerns
Labor, violation of PS2, low wages, discrimination, safety
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview
IFC has two active projects with Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd. (IEFCL) related to the construction and expansion of a nitrogenous fertilizer facility in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

Complaint
The complaint was filed with CAO in April 2018 by 134 IEFCL employees who claim that their pay is not commensurate to the work they do and the life-threatening work-related hazards that they are exposed to. The complainants add that their pay is below industry standard. Further, they raise concerns regarding discrimination, specifically alleging that the foreign employees’ salaries are higher than that of the locals, although they perform the same tasks. The complainants also claim to have been brutalized by men of the Nigerian Police Force & the Nigerian military allegedly ordered by IEFCL to disperse workers in a peaceful protest for better pay on July 13, 2017.


CAO Action
CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in May 2018 and has begun an assessment of the complaint.

 

Status
An assessment of the complaint is underway.

 

Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints.  Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Status as of July 5, 2018

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Eleme Fertilizer 30967; Eleme Fertilizer II 40420
Department
Manufacturing & Services
Company
Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd.
Sector
Chemicals
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Nigeria
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
Includes two A loans (resp. US$150 M & US$120 M)

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance