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ďG4S Security Services Not BankruptĒÖSays Country Manager
By Theophilus S. Gbenda & Aminata Fofanah
Jun 16, 2009, 17:30
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The British born Country Manager of G4S Security Services, known worldwide as Group 4 Security, Atony Peter Rothwell, has reacted strongly to a front page story in our Friday 12th June, 2009 edition captioned: ĎHas G4S Security Services Gone Bankrupt???í

In his reaction, Mr. Atony Rothwell stated categorically that the G4S Security Services is far from being bankrupt, adding that employees of the agency recently had their salaries increased by 5%, with another 5% increment expected to be effected by the end of the year.

This according to Mr. Rothwell, is sufficient to send out a clear signal that the agency is up and running, with no single backlog salary for workers owed.

"I can tell you that we are doing very fine despite the current economic crisis", Mr. Rothwell said, furthering that "We pay our workers before the end of each month, and it is not true that we treat our workers unfairly".

He also stated that the agency has on its payroll a total of 1272 workers, all of whom he said are provided the necessary tools to be able to carry out their work effectively, and accorded the usual facilities such as their NASSIT benefits and other allowances including risk allowance.

He said since he took up office as Country Manager six months ago, he has been able to devise workable strategies to ensure that the gains recorded by his predecessors are sustained and improved upon, adding that "With those strategies in place, there is no chance that the agency will go bankrupt".

"Weíll not be able to operate if weíre bankrupt", the British national who is married to a Sierra Leonean born Creole lady retorted.

It could be recalled that in the said Friday 12th June, 2009 edition, we posed a question as to whether the G4S Security Services has not gone bankrupt, following reports of its alleged inability to pay off employees after their end of service whether through dismissal or voluntary resignation.

The report centered on the delay in paying off the erstwhile Contract Manager of the agency, Samuel Saidu Sesay, whose 18 months benefits till press time last night remain unpaid, after voluntarily resigning on 25th May, 2009.

Explaining reasons for the unusual delay, Mr. Rothwell said he was away when Mr. Samuel Saidu Sesay tendered his resignation, adding that when he returned he had to contend with the stockpile of unfinished work left behind by Mr. Sesay, including providing a visiting auditor with relevant information.

"So you see, it was never a deliberate action", Mr. Rothwell maintained, whilst assuring that the benefit due Mr. Sesay would be paid latest today, Tuesday 16th April, 2009.

He referred to Mr. Sesay as a diligent worker, for whom he has no personal grudge.

Meanwhile, independent reports say Mr. Sesay was an asset to the institution, and that his unannounced resignation did dent a heavy blow on the administrative set-up of the agency.

Other sources say the benefit package due Mr. Sesay was withheld with hopes of convincing him to withdraw his resignation, as it happened few months back.

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