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MTN Nigeria Reducing Reliance on Foreign Workers

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Nigeria's MTN says that it has replaced nearly 300 foreign workers with locally hired employees, in a move that is as much about cutting wage costs as encouraging more local talent to join the company.

MTN's  Corporate Service Executive, Mr. Wale Goodluck said at the time MTN entered Nigeria in 2001, the company had expatriate staff of 300, but that the cost of catering to expat workers was noticably higher than for local staff.

Not all of the staff were replaced with Nigerian based staff though, as the company had a number of Nigerians working for other MTN subsidiaries, and these were brought back to the country.

Goodluck added that the investment of the company in training of Nigerian engineers had paid off, with MTN now sending them to work in other countries.

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