COVID-19: BOWEN University to sacks over 100 staff

The Management of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, is set to disengage some of its staff, effective from July 2020.

The affected staff represents 12 percent of the university’s workforce,

According to a release signed by the Director, Directorate of Parents and Corporate Affairs, the university has had to take a decision to ‘rightsize’ as part of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

The right-sizing cuts across all strata of the university – Academic Staff, Senior Non-teaching Staff, Secretarial and Junior Staff.

The Institution also stated that it had embarked on capital investments on technological resources to ensure the efficacy of virtual teaching.

The release reads in part: “The national lockdown is taking its toll on the university as it is the national and global economies.

“The university has to date, paid full salaries in a timely manner to all members of staff. However, it would be foolhardy to continue without reviewing our strategy as the pandemic continues to ravage the world and the end is not in sight.

“Since the university adopted more technology in its service delivery, some staff positions became surplus and had to be exempted from the system.

“To this end, the university has had to take a decision to rightsize. From July, 2020, the university will disengage 12% of its staff.

“The right-sizing cuts across all strata of the university – Academic Staff, Senior Nonteaching Staff, Secretarial and Junior Staff.

“This decision was not taken with levity, rather with all seriousness and due consideration of its implications. Management is careful to empathize with those affected and ensure they are given their rightful entitlements.

“Since the university adopted more technology in its service delivery, some staff positions became surplus and had to be exempted from the system.

“Management wishes to assure parents and students alike, that the quality of service delivery will not be compromised, rather, it will be enhanced”.

“This decision was not taken with levity, rather with all seriousness and due consideration of its implications. Management is careful to empathize with those affected and ensure they are given their rightful entitlements”, the statement read.

It was, however, gathered that the affected members of staff, are not prepared to take the decision to sack them lightly, as they are preparing to protest the decision of the University.

 

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