Protests disrupt Nigeria telco services

Protests in Lagos and Abuja are reported to have disrupted telecoms services in Nigeria.

The protests followed reports that 3000 employees of Airtel Nigeria partners would be sacked.

However, Airtel Nigeria's outsourcing firms - Technimandra and Spanco - this week dismissed the rumours, saying the employees’ old contracts were coming to an end. Both said they were, in fact, hiring staff.

However, protesters are reported to have taken to the streets in Lagos and Abuja, forcing customer care centres to be shut down. Reports claimed that up to five-million phone subscribers suffered service interruptions as a result.

However, our correspondent in Lagos doubted this figure, saying services did not appear to have been badly affected.

Airtel, which has stressed that the workers were not employed by the company but by its partners, said “some elements” had made threats that forced the company to close showrooms. It said its switch in Abuja had also been affected.

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