Friday, May 21, 2010

Nigeria - NITEL remains a basket case, having now failed even to pay for waste disposal

[punch] As telecommunications operators in the country continue to laugh to banks for the decision to invest in Nigeria, the fortunes of the first national carrier, the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), has continued to dwindle.

It was learnt on Thursday that workers of the company, who must go to work to show presence must sneak into their offices through the back door.

This followed the sealing of the Benue Plaza office complex of the company by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board over the refusal or inability of the telecoms company to pay waste disposal levy.

Acting Chief Technical Operator of the company, Mr. Pius Ugandem, confirmed to our correspondent that NITEL had not been able to pay the required waste disposal levy to the environmental agency for about four years.

He, however, blamed the situation on the company’s poor financial situation for a very long time now. He added that NITEL had been a good corporate citizen performing its responsibilities to its different stakeholders.

Ugandem blamed the Federal Government for the neglect of NITEL, which he said, had crippled the company to the extent that it could not afford to perform its simple civic responsibilities as a corporate citizen.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that it was not only the environmental agency that had been making frantic efforts to collect their dues from NITEL and its mobile subsidiary, the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited.

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