NITEL workers unpaid for 2 years

Salary arrears owed to workers at Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary, the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited over 2 years, have hit N13bn. Elias Kazzah, the company’s staff union leader, said in an interview with NEXT that, “We have not got any information from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) over our two years salary but we have been consulting and contacting government officials to look into our case. “It is a pathetic case; workers are dying, can’t cater for their families. We have also reported the case to the Human Right Commission that this is unfair, that citizens of this country are been maltreated like this without salaries for over two years. Recently, our junior workers visited the minister of state for information and communication; Labaran Maku to brief him on the situation. But as I am talking to you, we have not received any positive result,” added Mr. Kazzah. However, Mr. Kazzah said though workers have no new idea on how to handle the situation, they have not lost hope. “We have done everything possible, but we are thinking of assembling all our members at our office in Abuja, this week. At that meeting a decision would be taken on how to go about the issue,” said Mr. Kazzah.