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Nigeria: Govt. Intervenes To Warn MultiChoice Against Alleged Plan To Sack Workers

According to the Nigerian Daily Independent newspapers, the Nigerian government has stated that it will not "tolerate" any move by PayTV company, MultiChoice Nigeria to fire its workers under any circumstance.
The newspaper was reporting its "exclusive conversation" was quoting the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Mr Arm­strong Idachaba who said that Multichoice management had floated the ideas that they might look to lay off some of its workers if the trading conditions in Nigeria continues to depreciate.
The NBC has previously summoned MultiChoice to a meeting to discuss the issues arising over the new set of price increases to its DStv and GOtv packages. NBC is concerned that MultiChoice has continued with the price increase plan despite a subsisting stay of action order by Nigerian Lawmakers.
Multichoice Nigeria's chief executive officer, Mr John Ugbe, defended his decision to proceed with the price increases, saying that it was necessary "after due and careful consideration of the market and review of our business operations."
Ugbe said, "To decide to adjust prices, we took into account many fac­tors, including the impact on the customer, current inflation, which stands at 12.82 per cent, the highest in 27 months, content costs and efficiencies within the company."

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