Ex-em­ployee of French govt is­sues ul­ti­ma­tum over ben­e­fits

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - From Mur­tala Ade­wale, Kano

AFORMER em­ployee of L’alliance Fran­caise De Kano, has is­sued a two week ul­ti­ma­tum for the French to set­tle his out­stand­ing ben­e­fit and salary ar­rears of N3, 641,625,00 or face le­gal ac­tion.

The for­mer staff of the French cul­tural cen­ter in Kano, Mr Alain Ser­vice ac­cused his for­mer em­ployer of fla­grant re­fusal to set­tle his 22 months salary ar­rears and other ben­e­fits. In a let­ter of Com­plaint, is­sued by Al-iman At­tor­neys, solic­i­tors to Mr. Alain and made avail­able to The Guardian re­cently, the for­mer em­ployee said fail­ure of the French em­bassy to re­spond or meet the dead­line in re­spect of the con­trac­tual rights and obli­ga­tions from the date of re­ceipt of the claim, he would be left with no op­tion than to ex­plore all le­gal av­enues. The pe­ti­tion signed by Bar­ris­ter Abubakar Muham­mad noted that the French Gov­ern­ment has al­ready been served with a dis­patch of the pe­ti­tion on be­half of Mr. Alian. Ac­cord­ing to the dic­tates of the pe­ti­tion, the Em­bassy was re­minded that some of the em­ploy­ees with sim­i­lar com­plaints were paid 17 months’ salary ar­rears, ex­clud­ing Mr Alain Ser­vice, who worked with the es­tab­lish­ment for 22 years. Mr. Alain was said to have re­signed from the ser­vices of L’alliance Fran­caise De Kano, due to non-pay­ment of salaries.

In the pe­ti­tion Mr. Also claimed “the sad de­vel­op­ment of non-pay­ment of salaries, in­formed the de­ci­sion of our client to re­sign his ap­point­ment on Septem­ber 23th, 2017.

“It is re­gret­ting that since then, he en­gaged the Coun­sel­lor for Co-oper­a­tion and Cul­tural Af­fairs and the Chair­man, As­so­ci­a­tion of Alliance Fran­caise, Kano, Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Aliyu to re­spect the sanc­tity of the con­tract but to no avail. “How­ever, due to the se­cu­rity and so­cial eco­nomic in­sur­gency, the Em­bassy de­clared the North­ern Nige­ria as the red zone, which greatly af­fected the Alliance Fran­caise ex­is­tence, in­clud­ing the welfare of em­ploy­ees, as well as their client, where the Cul­tural Cen­tre of the Em­bassy owe their em­ploy­ees 17 months’ salary ar­rears.

“But to our client’s dis­may, the most Civ­i­lized Na­tion in the World re­sorted to evad­ing its con­trac­tual rights and obli­ga­tions in terms of en­ti­tle­ment, ben­e­fits and salary ar­rears for al­most 22 months by re­quest­ing the Chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion in the ini­tial con­tract sign­ing stood and rep­re­sented the Coun­sel­lor for Co-oper­a­tion and Cul­tural Af­fairs of the Em­bassy.’’

Mr Alain Ser­vice was em­ployed in 1995 as French lan­guage teacher by the Alliance Fran­caise of Kano and sub­se­quently ap­pointed as act­ing Di­rec­tor in Septem­ber 2002. and Oc­cu­pa­tional Health in Nige­ria.

Dr Ab­bah noted that in ad­di­tion to pro­tect­ing its work force, the com­pany sup­ports a range of or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing to strengthen health sys­tems, dis­trib­ute bed nets, di­ag­nos­tics and an­ti­malar­ial treat­ments, and con­duct re­search into new malaria in­no­va­tions.

Chair­man, MTN Nige­ria, Dr. Pas­cal Dozie (left); Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Group Chair­man, MTN, Phuthuma Nh­leko; Group CEO, MTN, Rob Shuter and Col. Sani Bello (rtd), dur­ing a cour­tesy visit on the Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate by the MTN...

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