All the workers of the African Independent Television, AIT, in Benin City, Edo State were on Tuesday sacked by the station’s management.
The affected staff were reportedly being owed salary arrears for up to 16 months, but their appointments have been terminated with immediate effect from June 13, 2016.
The dismissal was conveyed in a letter dated 2-6-16 and signed by Mr Victor Okasoga, Senior Manager in charge of Human Resources.
The letter directed those affected to handover all company properties in their possession especially their identity cards to the Head of Center.
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Parts of the letter read;
“Failure to surrender company properties in your possession may delay the processing of your entitlements.”
Three weeks ago, the affected workers including reporters, cameramen, presenters and producers protested the undue delays in payment of their salaries running into a year and six months. The Benin Centre of the Station has been off air for several days now.
In the face of the present economic hardship in the country, this dismissal has just added to the rising number of workers fired within the last few weeks by various private establishments in Nigeria.
High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi the founder of Daar Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and RayPower FM Radio is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for money laundering.
Just last week, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi narrowly escaped death in an assassination attempt. A police detail attached to the High Chief, Sergeant Den Gaius of the FCT Police Command, was, however, killed by the armed men.
The suspected assassins, numbering four were sighted in a Honda Accord car. According to an eyewitness account, they accosted the deceased in front of Child Care and Awareness Clinic at No 7, Fez Street, Off Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2 Abuja at 2.30am on Saturday, June 4, 2016.