MTN Appeals N4.8Bn Award to Ex Staff

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MTN says it has approached a Appeal court to set aside a judgment by National Industrial Court against it. On Wednesday, Oyepoju Oyewumi, Justice of the Ondo division of the Court, asked the company to pay Paul Odunewu, a former network group operations manager of the company, N4.8 billion for alleged wrongful termination of his appointment.

Odunewu had filed a suit against MTN, alleging that his appointment was wrongfully terminated and that his entitlements were not paid.

In a statement issued by Omasan Ogisi, general manager corporate affairs of the company, on Saturday, MTN said it is committed to treating all its employees fairly.

“We can confirm that the National Industrial Court took a position, which we consider detrimental to our interests in a suit filed by a former employee. The court’s position has been reviewed by our internal and external counsels,” Ogisi said.

She added that the company was confident that the outcome at the superior court would be different and that justice would not only be done, but would be seen to be done in the case.

Ogisi maintained that MTN treated all its employees fairly, as captured in the details of its employment contracts.

According to her, the situation is no different as the most basic commitment MTN made to customers, shareholders, and workers is to conduct itself in an ethical, honest and respectful manner.