One of the first private universities in Nigeria, Bowen University, located in Iwo, Osun State, has reportedly sacked about 10% of its workforce.
One of the affected staff members told PUNCH that 127 workers across all departments and sections of the institution were affected.
Confirming the layoffs, the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the university, Toba Adaramola said:
“When the present management of the institution came on board in 2018, it was discovered that the school was at the point of inflexion.
“When the management studied the situation, it was discovered that we must change our culture of doing things, or change product.
“Our students are our product; that we cannot change. But we decided to change the model the school had operated. The school had for long operated like public institutions; whereas public institutions have grant, we don’t have. That situation led to change of model from the previous to collegiate backed with technology.
“To sustain the university, some people have to go. So the excess workers in all departments and sections were told to go. It cuts across both the academic and non-academic.
“Eight to 10 per cent of the workforce was affected. June salary was paid yesterday (Tuesday) and after the payment, the affected workers were intimated of the disengagement through mail.”
Bowen University is a private Baptist Christian Nigerian university owned and operated by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Bowen University is located at Iwo in Osun State, Nigeria, and is housed in the old 1,300-acre campus of the Baptist College, a teacher-training institution on a hill just outside the city.