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Friday, June 7, 2013

MTN Nigeria replaces 285 foreign staff with Nigerians

Leading digital mobile operator, MTN
Nigeria Communications Limited, has
replaced 285 expatriates with Nigerian
workers in a move to save costs and also
encourage local content in the company.
The Corporate Service Executive, MTN,
Mr. Wale Goodluck, disclosed this at
MTN Leadership Forum in Abuja, where
leading management author, Dr. Ram
Charan, spoke on the imperatives of
growing the Nigerian economy.
Goodluck said at the time MTN entered
Nigeria in 2001, the company had
expatriate staff of 300, but added that
the burden of catering for the large
expatriate workers was heavy, thereby
informing the decision to replace them
with Nigerians.
He said MTN was able to replace the
expatriates through the twin policy of
poaching Nigerians in the Diaspora and
investing in the training of local
engineers.
Goodluck added that the investment of
the company in training of Nigerian
engineers had paid off, with MTN now
sending them to work in other countries.
Delivering the lecture, which was
attended by key persons in government,
including the Chief Economic Adviser to
the President, Prof. Nwanze Okidegbe,
Charan said it was important for the
Federal Government to focus on a few
things in order to attract quality Foreign
Direct Investments.
Charan said it was difficult for any nation
to make it without sufficient FDIs, adding
that Nigeria did not need to eliminate
corruption before jump-starting the
economy.
Positing that corruption was inherent in
all countries, he said while Nigeria could
put some energy into fighting it, the most
important thing to do was to pick a few
things to focus on and create the large
picture in the minds of the people.
In a similar development, the Director-
General, National Information
Technology Development Agency, Prof.
Cleopas Angaye, emphasised the need
to raise the human capital to ensure the
transformation of the nation.
Angaye, who spoke at the opening of an
ICT capacity-building workshop for
senators in Abuja on Thursday, said
NITDA had embarked on massive
investment in ICT capacity-building.
"The development of requisite ICT human
capital will enhance the capacities of
individuals and working teams, whilst
improving organisation systems and
process as well as fostering national
development, economic growth and
global competitiveness," he said.
The NITDA boss added that well-
developed human capital would enhance
productivity and provide additional
source of foreign exchange for the
country.

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