A top private university in Osun State, Nigeria, Bowen University has sacked over 100 of its staff during the coronavirus lockdown.
Bowen University made this known to the public during a briefing to reporters by the school’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Toba Adaramola.
Mr Adaramola while speaking to newsmen said that the new development was as a result of changes being made to the mode of operation of Bowen University.
He informed the reporters that the school had started switching to a more technological approach which rendered the workers’ jobs redundant. The staff sacked made up about 8-10% of the total staff strength in the school, including academic and non-academic staff.
The PRO said the sack was communicated to the workers on Tuesday evening via an email sent to each of them, pointing out that the decision was not made instantly as it had been in discussion since August 2018 in the school management, owing to the fact that Bowen university was heading towards an inflexion point.
Mr Adaramola said the school realised it was a culture problem affecting them which needed to be arrested by the school gearing towards a more technological approach, hence the painful but necessary decision that was taken in the interest of the school as it is a private institution and therefore has no other means of funding apart from fees charged by the school.
He pointed out that the sacked workers were not just let go, but properly compensated for their service to help ease the burden of being without a job during the pandemic.
Bowen university recently started their second-semester exams online due to the coronavirus pandemic currently facing the world which has caused a lot of schools and businesses to operate remotely after the government placed a lockdown on many activities that would welcome crowds.