Again, former vice president Atiku Abubakar sacks 400 staff

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A former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has sacked 400 staff from one of his conglomerates, less than a week after sacking 56 staff of Gotel Communications, another of his conglomerate.

One of his subsidiaries, the American University of Nigeria based in Yola, Adamawa state, had on Monday announced the sacking of 400 staff of the University.

This came three days after Gotel Communications sacked 56 staff on Workers’ Day.

AUN’s president Dawn Dekle signed the letters stating that the university no longer needs the services of the affected staff.

Vice President, University Relations of the institution, Abubakar Abba Tahir, in a statement said the action by the institution was part of its restructuring for sustainability.

The statement reads in part: “It would not be realistic for AUN to continue to anchor its administrative structure on over-bloated personnel whose role does not have a significant effect on the philosophy of a development university.

“In the emerging sustainable structure, competitive personnel are being retained, while others released honourably. All those affected are being paid all their contractual benefits at the point of clearance, to carry on with their lives.”

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