Since the mobile telecommunication company, Comium, declared bankruptcy and closed down it’s operations in Sierra Leone, local staff were literally left in the wilderness without their due benefits.
However, a cross section of these displeased staff has expressed their disappointment in the government for not handling their situation with the seriousness it deserves.
“As far as Comium issue is concern, the government has failed us,” said Hassan Iqubal, one of the representatives of the displeased group.
Narrating to Awoko yesterday at its Percival Street head office, Iqubal explained that when they started having problems with the then Comium management, the attention of the erstwhile Minister of Information and Communication, Alpha Kanu and the former Chairman of the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM), Tom Obaleh Kargbo was called upon. “We informed them that management can no longer run the company,” he averred.
However, he pointed out that these government officials assured them that they would look into the matter.
Iqubal explained that despite the series of engagements and correspondences they exchanged with government officials, little or nothing was done to address their plight.
Worse still, he explained, “we pay our National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT) and National Revenue Authority (NRA) taxes, though on our pay slips they’re being deducted, surprisingly it’s not reflected on our account,” further alleging that the company was not paying their taxes.
“These were some of the reasons why we requested government intervention.”
The displeased representative appealed to government to look in their plights if not they had no option but to take placards to the streets of Freetown to peacefully demonstrate.
Henry Grant, who is also a rep of the abandoned staff, said “we are going to take the bull by the horn if our concerns are not addressed.”
He insinuated it is because the elections are not yet here that is why they are not being treated seriously.
Henry revealed that on Thursday they would be organizing a press conference where they will present documents to substantiate their claims that they were badly treated. He added that they are calling on government to ensure that they receive their full benefit.