The Raymond Dokpesi-owned African Independent Television (AIT) has taken the art of owing salaries to a whole new level.
The situation has become so dire that aggrieved workers of the popular television station in Kaduna have now been forced to seek the involvement of the Federal Government in the issue.
One of the workers who pleaded anonymity confirmed salary for August 2014 was paid on Tuesday—nearly a year later.
“There has been no communication or excuse whatsoever from management for non-payment of staff salary. When they pay for one month, it will take about four to five months before another payment will be made,” the staff said.
“A lot of people have left the organisation due to this problem while more people are planning to leave; yet the management are not bothered. We feel the non-payment is deliberate because the money is there but we are not been paid.
“The non-payment is inflicting suffering on us because we have families that we cannot cater for, we find it difficult to feed, pay our children’s school fees, house rent and other utility bills,” he lamented.
He therefore appealed to the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), National Assembly and the Federal Government to come to their aid.
“We are really suffering and some of us cannot quit our jobs because there are no available jobs out there,” he said.