A US multinational company recently hoisted the Nigerian flag in honour of a staff’s work ethic.
The Nigerian flag was recently hoisted by an American multinational company, Stericycle Inc., in honour of a hardworking new employee, Mrs Omolanke Shelle, an indigene of Ekiti State who works at the company’s facility in Aurora, Illinois.
This came barely a month after Stericycle gave the mother of three a full-time job, following the expiration of her temporary employment that lasted for about five months.
According to her supervisor, Mr John Katchka, Shelle was honoured on account of her “attitude, work ethic, ability to learn and team spirit’’.
“Ms Shelle came to us via a temporary employment agency during our busy season’’, said in a written response to NAN’s enquiry.
“We were impressed by her attitude, work ethic, ability to learn and team spirit. When her (temporary) assignment ended, we offered her full-time employment, which she accepted,’’ he stated.
Shelle said that she started working with Stericycle through a temporary employment agency when she moved to the U.S. with her family in 2015.
“When we came to the U.S., I had to work to assist my husband with the bills; besides I want to return to school, so I need money.
As a temporary staff, I was supposed to work for eight and half hours from 7 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., but I begged them for overtime, which they granted.
This saw me working for 12 hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on week days and six hours most Saturdays, and I was being paid about $11 per hour,’’ she said. Shelle also revealed that she is the only African working at the Aurora centre.
A short video of the flag raising ceremony has been circulating on social media, and has caught the attention of Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
Dabiri-Erewa retweeted the video posted by a broadcast journalist, AbdulRasheed Abubakar, with the comment: “Big congrats. #Proudly Nigerian’’.
Abubakar, on his part, wrote: “Nigerians are not criminals. A big congratulations to Lanke Shelle for making Nigeria proud in the Diaspora.’’
Watch the video below.
Nigerian employee’s work ethic makes her employer raise her country’s flag. pic.twitter.com/qZksZK7IwX
— #BBNaija Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) July 21, 2019