We have disengaged staff accused of sexual harassment – MTN
Leading telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has issued a clarification on alleged cases of sexual harassments perpetrated by a senior staff of the company, saying its Board had taken a decision on the separation of the concerned individual and he has disengaged from the employment of the company.
MTN Nigeria in a notice at the Nigerian Exchange on Monday signed by Uto Ukpanah, Company Secretary did not name the staff involved, but confirmed receipt of anonymous allegations made against “a senior officer through the company’s whistleblowing structures in May 2021.”
However, media reports had identified the staff as the Chief Sales and Distribution Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr Adekunle Adebiyi.
Moreover, MTN said publicised allegations made against other employees were received through the whistleblowing process on March 3, 2022.
“Per company policy, these allegations will also be treated with the same level of fairness and objectivity. Parties will be given the opportunity for their versions to be heard and considered along with supporting evidence to ensure all associated issues are adequately addressed.”
As for the disengaged staff, MTN said the allegations against the staff were taken through its governance structures.
“An extensive forensic investigation was conducted by an independent forensic team, examining issues included in the whistleblower’s submission. Specific details and substantiating evidence were not provided to support some of the allegations made,” the notice said.
MTN Nigeria said it is committed to providing a safe environment for all its employees free from discrimination on any grounds and harassment at work, including sexual harassment, and conducting business in accordance with extant laws.
“The company operates a zero-tolerance policy for any form of unethical practice in the workplace. All complaints of sexual harassment and other violations are taken seriously and treated with respect, sensitivity and in confidence,” the company said.