Covid19 Pandemic: Bowen University Sacks Over 100 Workers to Stay Afloat


The Coronavirus pandemic has continued to affect the country’s economy, leading to mass retrenchment in different organizations.


According to reports, the private university located at Iwo in Osun State, sacked over 100 workers on Tuesday, June 23. The dismissed staffs received their letters of disengagement via email late on Tuesday.


One of the affected staff said the school claimed that the reason for the retrenchment was the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic. However, The action is reportedly “generating tension on the campus” and some people are threatening to protest the mass retrenchment.


According to one of the affected staff,

“Over 100 of us are affected and we may resort to violence because the reason for the sack was not genuine”.

“The Vice Chancellor, Prof Joshua Ogunwole, recently bought a vehicle worth over N42 million despite the economic situation. So you can see that it is caused by wickedness and insensitivity.”


Toba Adaramola, University spokesman confirmed that the institution sacked some workers, and the retrenchment affected 8-10% of the workforce, including academic and non-academic staff.


He said:

“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.”

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