The Oasis Reporters
July 19, 2017
The troubles seem not over yet for the debt crisis ridden Etisalat Nigeria that was hurriedly asked to drop it’s international brand name as it’s foreign partners pulled out of Nigeria. The Nigerian wing was asked to carry the Can of debt while the UAE based partners washed it’s hands off. Then left.
But 9MobileNg was upbeat this morning showing a ‘Can Do’ positive attitude in a series of tweets to announce itself
“9 is our heritage. So you say why 9?
We say why not 9?
Here for you, here for 9ja. Welcome to #9mobile #9forlife
Hello ! Our new Twitter handles are @9MobileNGCare and @9mobileng ~NkiruN.
Hello! We appreciate your feedback.The name was changed to enable us to serve you better. We will keep working ti…
Hello! We appreciate your concern. Please be rest assured that our network is up and running and daily operations…
Hello! It is official now. The name will change on your phone very soon. We will keep working tirelessly to conti…
Replying to @Segun_Maximus
Hello! The name was changed to enable us to serve you better. We will keep working tirelessly to continue to deli…
Hello! We appreciate the compliments. We will keep working tirelessly to continue to deliver exceptional services…
Hello! We appreciate the compliments. Nothing will change negatively but positively. We will keep working tireles…
As NkiruN kept on tweeting responses to queries, something negative had already happened.
Equipment providers to many GSM and CDMA service providers, Huawei of China pulled the plug on 9mobileNg. Using the telephone, it discourteously called to inform about 100 Nigerian Engineering staff that their career in the embattled company, Etisalat was over.
No preamble. No previous warnings.
This happened between Thursday and Friday last week. Some of the engineers had not even received last months pay.
The Chairman of Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN), Koledade Owa addressed the workers and expressed his utter shock and disappointment over the shabby treatment of the workers.
The PTECSSAN Chairman, however, disclosed that there was no discussion with the workers’ representative on the matter. He said that the affected workers were not given any severance package, adding that some of them were not paid last month.
“So what we want is that all those sacked must be recalled, and if there is need to lay off anyone, it must be done with dignity and respect,” Comrade Owa said.
Also speaking, one of the affected staff, who pleaded anonymity, said: “We have been trampled upon severally. I won’t lie to you, none of us is happy because we have been working in this company for years, with no promotion and no other benefits.”
The question many Nigerians are asking now is, are there any unseen hands manipulating Huawei to pull the plug to ensure that they?
Meanwhile, a top management staff of the company has revealed that a significant percentage of the debt has been paid, believing that they can sort it all out if allowed a free hand to run the show without the creditor Banks breathing down too heavily .