Bowen VC explains why institution reduced staff by 100

The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Bowen University has explained why the institution reduced its staff strength by not less than 100.

Recently, Bowen University embarked on an administrative restructuring exercise which led to right-sizing its staff strength that affected not less than 100 workers, drawn from both academic and non- academic staff of the institution.

In a statement issued from the office of Information, Protocol and Public Relations, headed by Toba Adaramola and made available to Tribune Online, the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Joshua Ogunwole declared that when his administration came on board in August 2018, the institution was already at an inflexion point. This he said called for urgent actions from the key stakeholders of the Ivory Tower.

According to him, the university management at that time identified the need to embark on repositioning and rebranding exercise, which he said led to series of training and retraining in the university.

In the statement, the vice-chancellor said: “At this point¸ it was discovered that the public institution model run hitherto by the university might not be sustainable, hence the need to leverage technology for more efficient service delivery.

“During the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic challenge in the country till date, the university was able to migrate from the traditional teaching method to online teaching and examination with ease. The university is not in a way distressed, as the salary of staff members are being paid as at when due till date, even during the lockdown, which some other institutions and organisations could not afford to do so.

“Therefore, the decision to right-size was taken after due consultation. So, the decision was taken in the interest of the university and for its sustainability and was never to victimise any staff in the institution. However, affected staff will be taken care of in accordance with their terms of the statutory engagement by the university.”

 

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