Atiku’s firm reveals why it is necessary to sack staff as they did
We all know there is no smoke without fire. Same thing to every occurence in life and human affairs in general. The Atiku Abubakar’s firm based in Yola was at the top of News yesterday May 1 for sacking up to 46 of its members.
This is worth spinning some controversy regarding the current situation in the country. In fact, this is the Period people need employment or anything that could generate huge income.
The firm went ahead to reveal why staff needed to be sacked. The company, a Gotel Media, a firm of television and radio station owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, said the sack was the outcome of a restructuring exercise, which started last year.
The company handed sack letter to not less than 46 staff on Friday, which was Workers day.
The affected staff disputed the actual number of sacked workers.
While some said they were over 50, others said although the initial list contained 56 staff, it was thinned down to 46.
A statement on why the action became imperative was however silent on the number of those affected.
The statement, signed by the General Manager of the company, Mohammed El-Yakub titled, ‘Rationalisation of staff in Gotel, outcome of long standing company restructuring,’ said Atiku Abubakar had no hand in the layoff action.
The statement reads: “The rationalisation of staff at Gotel Communications Limited, a company under the umbrella of Priam Group, is a culmination of the restructuring process in the companies under our Group.
“The founder of companies under the Priam had announced that many of his business concerns will be aggregated under the Priam Group. Priam Group had embarked on a restructuring exercise which led to a merger of many companies under its umbrella.
“Other components of the restructuring includes rationalisation of workforce and thus some members of staff of the group would be laid off, with their full disengagement benefits paid to them.”
It stressed the decision to “right size” the workforce in Gotel Communication Limited was the climax of the on-going restructuring exercise initiated last year.
It said it was out of context “to ascribe any mundane presupposition for being responsible for the decision to lay off some of the workforce in Gotel Communication Limited,” and explained following the unveiling of Priam Group last year, Atiku Abubakar did not order the sacking of workers directly as he understood the situation in Nigeria, rather it was the company’s decision on restructuring and developement.