- About 400 staff have been disengaged by American University of Nigeria
- Majority of the affected personnel were those that had no significant developmental effect on the philosophy of the university, the management said
- Going further, the management claimed that competitive personnel were retained
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Sequel to a long restructuring process, the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa, has disengaged the services of about 400 of its staff.
Prof. Abba Tahir, the vice president for University Relations, AUN, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Yola on Tuesday.
Tahir said that majority of the affected personnel were those that had no significant developmental effect on the philosophy of the university.
“Certain structural elements have been initiated by the new Governing Council of American University of Nigeria (AUN), in response to NUC requirements, mandating the institution to align with an approved governance structure for all tertiary institutions in the country.
”Until now, AUN has operated a student-staff ratio which balance had continued to affect the sustainability of the university.
”This is clearly an uncommon and hardly workable tradition in all institutions and organisations around the world. Obviously it is unattainable.
”Thus, consequent upon the university’s new governing council vote to restructure the institution in line with its agenda for sustainability, a process of workforce rationalisation has been in the pipeline.
”It is now time for the university to look back, look around and look ahead, to ensure that realistic and globally competitive administrative practices can be achieved in structure, strategy and focus.
“It would not be realistic for AUN to continue to anchor its administrative structure on an over-bloated personnel whose role do not have significant effect on the philosophy of a development university,” he said.
He further stated that in the emerging sustainable structure, competitive personnel were retained, while others were disengaged honourably.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Gotel Communications Limited, a media company belonging to Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has sacked some of its workers.
The company which has television and radio stations in Yola, Adamawa state, sacked at least 46 workers on Friday, May 1; a day which also happened to be Workers Day.
According to reports, the firm said the employees were sacked as a result of a restructuring exercise which had started in 2019.
A statement by the general manager, Mohammed El-Yakub, also explained that the company's founder, Atiku, had no personal hand in the sack.
Legit.ng gathered that the media company is one of Atiku's companies which have been harmonised or merged under the umbrella of Priam Group, as a result of the restructuring process.
The statement reiterated that the lay-off is part of the group's decision to “right-size” the workforce in Gotel Communication Limited.
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