The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, called on Federal Government to ensure recovery $2 billion in tax arrears as well as the $8.13 billion allegedly repatriated to South Africa.
In a statement by the NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba also urged the authorities of MTN to comply with the Federal Government, as four indigenous banks have been fined.
Comrade Wabba said Federal Government should spare no effort in recovering the money, stressing that anything contrary will send wrong signals to other corporate organisations it had punished for lesser tax infractions.
According to the president, the need to enforce this order is all the more compelling when it is realised that workers pay taxes they can ill-afford but religiously pay all the same.
He noted that the government’s tax reforms have been skewed in favour of corporate organisations, “there is no reason for a default”.
The NLC president described the incident as a major crime against the government and people of Nigeria, adding that the company were not only engaged in the exploitation of Nigerian workers and turning them into slaves but have extended their frontiers to unwholesome economic exploitation and sabotage.
Comrade Wabba urged government agencies such as NCC, EFCC, DSS, Immigration and Central Bank to closely look into the operations of the company, especially in light of the Thabo Mbeki Report.