19 January 2013

Nigeria: Dangote Graduate Drivers Grumble Over Allowances

Zaria — Some of the graduate truck drivers recruited by the Dangote Group undergoing training at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria are grumbling over unpaid training allowance.

Speaking to Weekly Trust, some of the trainees, who craved anonymity, said they are disturbed because they have nothing to send to their families.

"As you know, we have been here for about three months now and up till now they have not paid our training allowances. We have been left stranded in the NITT without allowance for three months. Romours had it that the allowance is supposed to be N350,000. Now they are saying that it is going to be N60,000.

"We are facing all sorts of problems, as many of us are married with children and for three months we had nothing to send home. Our children were sent out of schools, because we were not able to pay their school fees," one of the trainees said.

However, the class governor of the graduate truck drivers, Henry Pender, said some of his colleagues are only trying to beat the gun.

"All is well as far as I know, though it cannot be said to be hundred per cent. Of course, I know that some of my colleagues are having side talks about the allowance, but the management of Dangote has assured that they would pay. In fact, we don't have any contract with them (Dangote) in respect to what they would pay us, but they only promised that they would pay some stipends," Pender said.

Bala Bashir of the Dangote Group said preparation has reached advanced stage to pay the trainees their allowances."We have collected their account numbers and they are going to be paid only that, as you know, some people are not patient," Bashir said.

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