MTN Group says it will enforce a mandatory COVID-19
vaccination policy for all its employees from January 2022.
In a statement on Monday, MTN said the move is part of
its efforts to protect the health and safety of staff.
It added that the policy would be subject to risk
assessment and local laws that apply in its various
operating companies and subsidiaries.
Speaking on the development, Ralph Mupita, MTN group
president and CEO, said: “The science is clear.
Vaccination against Covid-19 reduces rates of serious
infections, hospitalisation, and death.
“As an employer, we have a responsibility to ensure that
our workplaces are guided by the highest standards of
health and safety and that has informed our decision to
make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for our staff.
“Our new Covid-19 policy recognises that some of our
markets don’t have adequate access to vaccines.
“It also recognises some low-risk roles that will be
accommodated with full-time work-from-home or
alternate arrangements, but this will be a small population
within our workforce.”
MTN said it recognised the right of employees to apply to
be exempted from the policy or refuse vaccination on
certain “clearly defined grounds”.
“For those staff who are not exempt from vaccinations
either through risk assessment or agreed exclusions but
still refuse vaccination, MTN will not be obliged to
continue the employment contract,” the statement adds.
This implies that MTN will fire employees who refuse to
get vaccinated without a valid reason.
Oniftv had reported that MTN Nigeria is currently
offering 14 percent of its shares to the Nigerian public.
Any Nigerian with a bank verification number (BVN) can
buy MTN shares as low as N3,380.