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Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by damola1: 5:09am On Oct 06, 2011
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday summoned the management of Airtel, a telecommunication company, to appear before it on October 11 to explain the alleged sack of about 1,000 Nigerians and their replacement with foreigners.

The lawmakers made the call during their plenary session after Mr Lanre Oshun, (ACN - Lagos Mainland II) had under a matter of urgent public importance, called the attention of the House to the mass sack.

Oshun said that about 1,000 Nigerians were sacked and replaced with Indian nationals who were invited to the country.He said that the House should investigate the criteria used for the downsizing and recruitment.

The lawmaker said that the Indians, who replaced the Nigerians, were placed on higher salaries and said there was a need to question why Nigerians were being downgraded.

The lawmakers, while debating the issue, raised concerns about consumer protection and violation of workers rights, which they argued, foreign companies did not adhere to when dealing with Nigerian employees.

They stressed the need for the Nigerian Communications Commission to regulate the activities of the telecommunication industry to ensure that the rights of Nigerian workers were not trampled.

The lawmakers resolved to invite the company because it was operating in Lagos and residents of the state were involved.

Mr Ayinla Yusuf (ACN - Mushin I), who said he had worked as a cleaner in the UK, argued that immigration rules in other countries did not make it easy for other nationals to take jobs of their citizens.

“Do not let us sell our birthright in Nigeria,” Yusuf said.

Mr Rotimi Olowo (ACN-Somolu I) said it was wrong to allow Nigerians play second fiddle in their own country.

He stressed the need for both the federal government and the Nigerian Immigration Service to ensure Nigerians got fair treatment in recruitment agreements.

Olowo stressed the need to look at the number of Nigerians who were employed in the company.

The speaker, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, ruled that there was a need for the Assembly to invite the company on “a fact finding mission.”

He ruled, after a unanimous vote, that the company should appear before the Assembly on October 11.
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by Johndoe100(m): 6:44am On Oct 06, 2011
Good intentions, but Lagos Assembly has no business here.
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by OmoTier1(m): 8:16am On Oct 06, 2011
Johndoe100:

Good intentions, but Lagos Assembly has no business here.
FYI, Lagos state HOA is not a paddy paddy amala forum.

That Airtel operates mainly from Lagos and Abuja with major investment in those states means the house of assembly of Lagos can surmmon Airtel or subject Airtel to scrutiny for any arbitrary actions the company may have engaged in. If Airtel fail to cooperate, then the assembly can pass a resolution for the executive to seal up ALL Airtel's offices in Lagos and also ban the sales of Airtel's good and services in Lagos State! -The state house of assembly have the power through the law to surmmon companies operating with the state should they be found wanting in the eyes of the lawmakers-

I think the lawmakers have taken the right step and the heat should be turned on Airtel's management by every legal means available. Enough is Enough!
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by Dyt(f): 8:22am On Oct 06, 2011
chai c sufferness
btw ow did dose indians get in2 d country?
visa processin wz so done in ow many workin days?
lots of questions mehn
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by ektbear: 8:41am On Oct 06, 2011
I wonder about the competitiveness of these sacked workers.

How can it be more cost effective for Airtel to bring in Indians? Yet somehow it must be, if they decided to fire the Nigerians, right? They certainly would only do this move to increase their profit, not decrease it.

Hmm
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by stormm: 10:17am On Oct 06, 2011
@ Topic
Time wasting exercise. The guys will just send in their lawyers, end of story. The LHoA members are idle.
Re: Lagos Assembly Summons Airtel Over Alleged Sack Of Nigerians by gbanikiti(m): 10:29am On Oct 06, 2011
this is the reason i hate my country.always slow in taking action.what power does these fucking indians have to sack nigerians.what is the minister of labour doing?this will not happen in nearby benin republic!why should we be slaves in our own country?i thank God its happening in the country not even outside yet our lousy reps cant take action.i weep for naija cry cry cry cry cry cry cry

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