Connect with us

Nigeria In One Minute

Interns allege maltreatment by ‘employers’

Published

on

A privately-owned national television station in Lagos, which is popularly perceived to be among the best in the country, seems to have made its operational policy to recruit interns of various levels of academic qualification and convert them to domestic workers without any form of remuneration or stipends.

The engagement negates the original plan to provide them with opportunity to acquire hands-on skills in the field of broadcasting and other studio experience.

Internship is seen as an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees or students in training to work at a firm for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or students, and most internship last for any length of time between one week and 12 months.

The particular TV station appears to be taking advantage of the high number of students and graduates seeking placement with it, and after subjecting such applicants to rigorous entrance tests, the best of them are selected on conditions of “No Pay,” just as they look forward to acquiring relevant practical skills as their only benefit throughout their relatively short stay.

The absence of remuneration could be considered as the least of their worries as they are soon made to settle into such a hostile and inhuman work atmosphere, where they are engaged in work activities that could only be likened to that of indentured slaves.

Speaking with New Telegraph, some interns, who are attached to the television’s newly launched breakfast show, revealed that the management of the organisation, which is said to be headed by a Caucasian, deliberately refused to engage blue-collar employees, such as cleaners, stewards, janitors, or even office assistants. This is because interns are made to do such odd jobs.
New Telegraph, September 1, 2017

 

RipplesNigeria ….without borders, without fears

Click here to download the Ripples Nigeria App for latest updates

Join the conversation

Opinions

Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now

Investigations