Telecoms company sacks staff in restructure move

The affected workers in the trimming down exercise have reportedly been duly compensated with three month’s salary in-lieu of notice

Airtel brand Ambassadors with Airtel Nigeria CEO (L-R) Patoranking, Phyno, Tuface, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya-CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Osakioduwa aka wild child of Rhythm 93.7 and Akpororo.

Airtel Nigeria has announced that in a bid to reposition the business and “reinforce its competitiveness in the market place” it has sacked some of its employees, according to various media reports.

According to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, the affected workers in the trimming down exercise have reportedly been duly compensated with three month’s salary in-lieu of notice, as well as one month pay for every year they have worked at the company.

In a report, Punch Newspapers quotes Emeka Opara, director of corporate communications at Airtel Nigeria, as saying that the restructuring would focus on “aligning the company’s structure with its operating model.”

“We wish to assure that, in accordance with best practices, a robust plan has been put in place to cushion the effect of the exercise on the impacted employees and ensure that the process is seamless. One of the key objectives is to create a high performing organisation, which satisfies the needs of all of our stakeholders, especially our customers, as we step into the next growth phase of our operation,” Opara added, according to the report.

Bharti Airtel recently entered into final talks with France’s Orange SA to sell four of its subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, and Sierra Leone, to it for $1 billion so as to consolidate the company’s investments in Nigeria.

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