The problem of LGBT rights among Africans reared its ugly head again recently in far away Maryland,USA.The case involves a Nigerian lady,
Kafayat Hazzan and her Nigerian born US husband,who reportedly found out she was bisexual.According to the story,Kafayat,s husband,who had long suspected her allegedly caught her one day discussing intimately with her lesbian partner. The eavesdropping husband, it was learnt,could not believe what he just found out about his wife especially being a Muslim whose faith vehemently preaches against same sex marriage or relationship.
As a result,Kafayat,s husband is said to be finalising plans to end their marriage.He is said to be presently talking to his lawyers. Of note is the odium and ridicule from friends and family she’s been subjected to following her husband’s sudden discovery.
Those close to Kafayat say she’s been downcast ever since the shocking find and all effort to let her man see reasons on her decision has totally failed.She is reportedly distraught at the ridicule from her family too.A source told us that she now stays indoor and a total shadow of her bubbly self.As a result, she has told a few friends that she’s tired of life and doesn’t exactly know what to do.She also told friends she doesn’t know where to go to save herself the embarrassment from her husband.
Hazzan risks a 14-year jail term if by chance she finds herself in Nigeria and the authorities get to know.Ever since the National Assembly promulgated the Law against Gay rights a few years back,practitioners of same sex relationship, if found out, have never escaped prosecution.
GTBank suffers mass staff resignation
The IT division at GTBank has suffered a continual decrease in personnel within the last six months. It has caused a significant technical lacuna and work overload for current employees. Reports reaching 1st News have it that GTBank has been slow in promoting its staff; inadvertently triggering a wave of exits into the labour market which had attractive offers for their talent.
The shortage in manpower is bringing about increased workload; and mounting pressure on the remaining IT employees.
One staff said, “I was handling one application then it doubled as a result.”
Another one also: “There’s a particular team where three members left in the space of one month. Now, four people’s responsibilities are being juggled by one person.”
And yet another staff said, “The pressure is crazy. One person is doing three people’s jobs all in the name of efficiency. That’s why our cost to income ratio will always be the lowest in the industry.”
An undisclosed source said the frequent loss of experienced workers without commensurate hiring resulted in gaps in technical capabilities.
He said: “The application I am managing was handled by two people; but my partner has gone to join another team. If I’m leaving now, a new person can’t cram; and get a good grip of everything in my handover note within 3 weeks. We simply need more people on the team!”
This gap is often reflected when there is a service downtime towards the end of the month caused by server overload. During this period, transaction volume increases due to salary payments; and other month-end payments; leading to more pressure on existing resources.
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