7 February 2013

Nigeria: Contractors Threaten Attack On MTN Installations

Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria Limited, is facing threat of demolition of its installations in the Niger Delta region over an alleged indebtedness to one of its major contractors, Procomtel Limited, that handled the construction/installations of its facilities in the region.

The threat is coming from Gbaruka Resources, a service provider company based in Bayelsa State, which is a sub-contractor to Procomtel Limited, that handled the installation services on behalf of the MTN contractor.

In an official correspondence addressed to the Managing Director of MTN Nigeria Limited signed by Comrade Charles Taylor, Managing Director of Gbaruka Resources, the company claimed that having made fruitless efforts to get paid for its labour by Procomtel Limited, due to alleged refusal by MTN to settle the latter, it was left with no choice than to return to the trenches.

The Gbaruka Resources group said it had resolved that failure by MTN Nigeria Limited to settle with Procomtel Limited on or before February 15, 2013 will see them commence the demolition of all MTN installations in Rivers State by third week in February 2013, those in Bayelsa and Delta states by the end of fourth week of February 2013, and the demolition exercise in other states of the Niger Delta region in the month of March 2013.

The open letter, titled "One more River to Cross" was made available to the media, and also copied to the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, JTF commander in the Niger Delta, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, and the Director General State Security Service, SSS.

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