One of Telecommunications Operators In Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, has announced the decision to fire about 2,000 permanent employees nationwide. Several sources confirmed the sacked workers were paid off. The company’s financial condition is not that good, it can no longer retain such an amount of the permanent work force. Therefore, it seeks to hire adhoc staff to run the operations of the company.
Most of those sacked have expressed surprise and disappointment over the development which has thrown them into the already saturated unemployment market. “We were asked to leave and our cheques handed to us yesterday, it is unfortunate that I am again back to the job market. “They want to recruit contract staff/new agents and they can no longer run the cost of paying those of us that are permanent staff, they claim,” an ex-worker of the company, who does not want to be mentioned, revealed. Another source went on to say the management of the company is insisting on hiring contract staff to replace those sacked but “it is unfortunate they had to send us home the way they did”. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>>>
“Do we even have labour laws in this country? How can you wake over night and ask people to go without months of notice, at least for us to be prepared for the worst?” she wondered.
In Lagos alone, over 1,200 were sacked, while more than 800 were asked to go home in states like Kano. The company has also terminated their graduate trainee program for all fresh graduates.
The telecoms giant sent out emails that the program has ended without prior notice.
It would be recalled that Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji became Etisalat Ambassador in January this year. Looks like Jenny’s presence has not influenced on the company so far.