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ATCON condemns violent, destructive aspects of picketing MTN by NLC

…Says MTN lost unprecedented amount of money while the violence lasted

More organized trade unions have continued to chide the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the coordinated nationwide picketing of MTN Nigeria offices using violent approach.

Latest in the row is the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) which has berated labour union over the destructive way and manner the picketing was carried.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Ajibola Olude, ATCON averred that “The Association sees these nationwide disruptions of its member’s operations as unnecessary venture and it an intentional attempt to frustrate and sabotage the effort of our member to provide a seamless communication for all Nigerians”.

“We are even worried that the picketers became so violent during their unnecessary demonstration. ATCON thinks if NLC wants to do anything at all NLC should have peacefully carried out their picketing instead of going violent.

Continuing, ATCON argued that “The picketing of MTN Nigeria two days ago is uncalled for at this material time that some companies are laying off their staff because of poor economic situation in the country. This action by NLC has pointed to the fact that some people are out to sabotage ATCON’s efforts to encourage its members to make more investment in infrastructure development of the sector”.

Though the affected company had not come out to say what it has lost in terms of money, ATCON stressed that “The amount of money lost during these demonstration is alarming and ATCON thinks NLC should have approached the matter in a more professional and civilized manner. We would appreciate NLC to write to us before embarking on any demonstration that can put the security of the nation in jeopardy. Our members are law abiding corporate organizations that have been contributing to the wealth of Nigeria.”