Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 January 2013

Nigeria: Retrenched Nitel Staff Rejects N974,123 Over Pay

Benin — As retrenched workers of the moribund Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) grumble over lack of payment of their redundancy benefits one of them is complaining that he has been overpaid.

The sacked NITEL worker, Gabriel Omorodion told newsmen in Benin on Thursday that he was one of the beneficiaries of the redundancy benefits paid to sacked NITEL staff after the organization was sold.

Omorodion said he was entitled to the sum of N974,123.50 which he was duly paid.

He said but to his surprise, five days later another payment of the same amount, N974,123.50 was paid into the same account. This he said he believed was an error.

Omorodion said he had since written the office of the Accountant General of the Federation and copied the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) asking them to recover the excess money paid into his Firstbank account no 3006665905.

He said with the complaint though, the money is still in the account. The recipient is worried that even though he was over paid, there are still many retrenched NITEL staff yet to be paid.

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