Written by Chuks NZEH

NITEL Securities Protest Non-Payment Of Over N4bn Salary Arrears

Former security staffers of Nigeria Telecommunications, NITEL, have staged a peaceful protest in Abuja to draw the attention of government to their plight over the non-payment of their salary arrears since 2011.

A member of the disengaged NITEL security, Mr. Cyril Ugwuoso, said government should investigate the process that led to the non-payment of their salaries on their being disengaged.

He said NITEL management through a memo issued on the 29th of December, 2010, instructed them to be at their duty posts, pending when the privatization of NITEL would be concluded, adding that they were given identity cards and informed that NITEL would be in charge of their salaries, lamenting that “till date nothing has been paid. Bureau of Public Enterprise, the liquidator, Otunba Simbore, are all aware."

Also speaking on the issue counsel to the disengaged staff, Barr. Steve Ekeh, said, “we have explored amicable resolution to this matter but they are not helping issues. They keep turning us around. So we have decided to go full force with the law to ensure that they get justice.”

He said over 2,000 workers are being owed about N4billion, stressing that if the liquidator claims the disengaged staff have been paid, let him show the court evidence of payment, “because some of them have died and most of them cannot meet their family responsibilities, while their monies are tied down somewhere.”

The case is being heard by Justice Ademola of the Court 6, of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

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