COVID-19: Bowen University sacks over 100 workers

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By Taiwo Okanlawon

Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State has reportedly sacked over 100 staff of the institution amidst growing concerns about the effect of ravaging COVID-19 on the country’s economy.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Toba Adaramola, the laid-off was due to the adoption of technology by the institution, adding that the decision was necessitated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adaramola said about 8-10% of the workforce was affected, adding that the decision to reduce the workforce had been on for sometimes.

“The decision affected those in academics and non-academic staff. In August 2018, it was discovered that the university is heading toward inflection point and the management deliberated on the reasons for the inflection.

“It was discovered that change of culture was part of the problem. Hence we embraced technology and so many staffers were no longer needed to perform certain duties.

“Although it is a painful decision but one that is necessary to sustain the university since it is not public institution that can rely on any subvention apart from the fees it charged its students”, Adaramola said.

He added that the school has taken necessary measures to cater for all the affected members of staff to have a soft landing and ensure that they were not just relieved of their duty without adequate compensation.

One of the affected staffers, who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that the institution claimed that the decision was due to COVID-19 induced economic crisis in the country.

According to the source, the situation is currently generating anxiety, as some staffers were threatening to protest the action.

“How can the university-owned by a church just woke up and lay off such number of staff at this time? Even the government at all levels are struggling to keep their staff and pay them. The situation as it is may lead to violence as some affected staffers are insisting on protesting against the decision of the university”, the source added.