14 December 2012

Nigeria: BPE Approves Payment of Salary Arrears to NITEL Workers

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Unemployed youths at Alausa, Ikeja.

The Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) has approved the payment of six months out of the 11 months salary arrears owed workers of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL).

The acting Director-General of the bureau, Mr Benjamin Diki, announced this in Abuja, yesterday, when he received a delegation of the Senior Staff Association of Communication, Transport and Corporation (SSACTAC).

The delegation was led by President of the association Mr Elias Kazzah. Diki also told them that approval had been secured for the payment of five months out of the 12 months arrears being owed workers of M-TEL, the mobile arm of NITEL.

He said that security men attached to NITEL property across the country would be paid three mont0068s out of 12 months arrears owed them.

The payment, according to him, will be made before the end of the week.

The director-general said that a provision for N1.9 billion had been made in the 2013 budget for outstanding arrears and salaries, pending the conclusion of the privatisation process of NITEL.

Diki said he was working closely with the Minister of Labour and Productivity to effect the payment of arrears to casual workers in the telecommunication outfit.

He assured the workers of commitment to their welfare, as well as the conclusion of the privatisation process.

Earlier, the association's president had itemised some critical issues affecting the workers and urged the acting director-general to take steps to address them.

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