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Xenophobia in South Africa: MTN Nigeria orders staff to ‘work from home’

Xenophobia in South Africa: MTN Nigeria orders staff to ‘work from home’
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MTN Nigeria says its employees should “work from home” following fears of local reprisal attacks on the largest mobile phone in the country.

Technology Times learnt today that MTN Nigeria yesterday decided that the mobile phone company may become target of local reprisal attacks following xenophic attacks on Nigerians living in its home country, South Africa.

Nigerians in South Africa have in the last few days come under fresh spates of xenophobic attacks from South Africans, where there have been reports of killings, arson and looting of their businesses in the country.

“In view of the recent events in the country, we are prioritizing the safety of our staff and customers. Please work from home tomorrow and look out for further updates”– MTN Nigeria

Xenophobia in South Africa: MTN Nigeria orders staff to ‘work from home’
Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO of MTN Group

Meanwhile, MTN Nigeria yesterday directed its staff to work from home in a step the mobile phone company says it is taking to protect its staff and customers.

“In view of the recent events in the country, we are prioritizing the safety of our staff and customers. Please work from home tomorrow and look out for further updates”, workers at MTN Nigeria were directed by its HR unit.

South Africa’s MTN Group, owners of MTN Nigeria yesterday condemned attacks underway in its home country in a statement published on its website.

“As MTN we strongly condemn prejudice and xenophobia and we reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of any and all violence”, according to the MTN Nigeria parent company.

“As a leading pan-African telecommunications company with operations in 21 countries, MTN believes in the potential of an Africa whose nations pursue deeper trade, integration and cooperation”, the mobile phone group says.

According to MTN, “we actively encourage the dialogue necessary to maintain peace and sustain strong relationships and urge all our customers and stakeholders to support and defend the principles of human rights, diversity and inclusion and an integrated collaborative Africa.”

Its local unit also says that “MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence.”

According to MTN Nigeria, “we seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard. We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society.”

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