N50m donation to fight covid-19:Staffs of Atiku’s company in Yola starves for hunger over non payment of Salaries

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Staff of Gotel Communications (AM Radio,FM Radio and Television) belonging to the Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are suffering from non payment of Salaries for the past three Months.

A source who prefer to be anonymous Said the staff working in Gotel Communications are living from hand to mouth some of them even resorted to begging so as to settle their family problems as the organization is struggling to survive with no payment of Salaries for lack of proper management and unending restructuring embarked upon since April 2019.

He said Atiku’s good Will donation of fifty million Naira to fight coronavirus is a welcome development considering how fast the virus is damaging the entire world’s Economy.

He however stressed that the first counter measure to fighting coronavirus is prompt payment of Salaries to workers, and the stay at home mechanism to fight the virus can be effectively carried out if not government would end up inviting problem which is more deadlier than Coronavirus the source added.

“For God sake Atiku should consider his staff who legitimately earned their wages,we know what he did his good for the overall interest of the society but his workers living in hunger and starvation does not equally make him a good leader.

“As I’m talking to you the Majority of the staff are artistes while others are working on contract basis, receiving stipends after every three months or four.” He said

The communications company had been merged with Atiku’s other companies as “Priam Group” conglomerate has been facing myriads of challenges ranging from lack of power Supply, backlogs of workers salaries and leave grants and no functional management in the organization as everything has been taken away from the present so-called management staff to the new conglomerate management.

Our sources further revealed that leave grant has not been paid to the staff for a long period of time,and right now the organization is facing Legal battles at the industrial court in Yola concerning workers wages who have been sacked without due process.

You would be recall that in an effort to show his commitment, Atiku, pledges donation of N50 million, donated on his behalf by Priam Group, as contribution to a relief fund that will form part of the stimulus package for fighting covid-19.

He also called on all mobile telephone companies in the country to develop mobile money platforms so that the government will be able to reach unbanked Nigerians with the proposed package.

“I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be,” he said.

Atiku called on individuals and corporate organisations to assist the government in providing succor to Nigerian people.

Nigeria has recorded a daily increase of 65 affected persons across the country, with Lagos having the highest number of people with the virus follow by FCT, Abuja.