By Patrick Aigbokhan
Despite the current economic downtown that has adversely affected the telecommunications industry, ZTE Nigeria Limited has expressed its commitment to continue to invest in the economy, especially in the development of local human capital.
ZTE Nigeria Limited is the Nigerian subsidiary of ZTE Corporation which is one of the leading multinational ICT solution and service providers in the world.
The company is listed in the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market. It operates in 160 countries with a total turnover of over 15 Billion USD and over 60,000 staff.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, the company’s Head of Administration, Yawei Yang
said the company, which started operations in 2002 and which has over hundreds of direct and indirect Nigerian employees, has impacted positively on Nigeria’s economy through execution of a number of viable projects.
She mentioned such projects to include the National project for government and telecommunication project for operators in Nigeria.
“We recognized the current situation in Nigeria but are going to maintain our high standard in terms of service delivery and out commitment to good welfare package for our staff.
“We are among the few telecom companies that allow all our staff to unionise, we have generous welfare packages that include trainings and sundry allowances even including mobile phone allowance because of our believe in the development of the local workforce”, Yang said.
Reeling out the company’s labour profile, she said ZTE has not outsourced any of its operations outside Nigeria as some telecoms firms are currently doing to cut costs, noting that only 17 per cent of the company’s entire workforce are foreigners.
“We have always operated within the ambit of the Extant Immigration laws and Regulations of Nigeria 2015 and all other administrative directives,” the company’s Head of Administration added.
On allegation of whether the company recently flouted expatriate quota limits, Yang explained, “it is true that our ZTE China staff routinely visit Nigeria on Business Visa as support group for discussions with telecommunication operators to enable us have good business prospects leading to signing of agreement which unfortunately has not been successful since 2014.
“It is the practice and this is for most foreign companies operating in Nigeria that those coming for such business discussions come with Business Visas because that is just for short visit and it is allowed under the law. They only come around when we are have some business discussions and then travel out of Nigeria within a short time. The law is there for all to see.”
Yang who maintained that ZTE has always been above board with all laws including those relating to taxes and pensions however, regretted that the downturn of the nation’s economy has adversely affected the telecom industry, which she said, had, unfortunately led to the redundancy of some Nigerian and Chinese staff.
“We however have faith in the resilience of these country and her people and will continue to do our part to ensuring a return of boom in the Nigerian telecom industry,” she assures.