- The University recently fired about 67 Junior and Senior staff members
- Authorities have explained the institution is cutting down on its wage bill
It is emerging that about 200 workers of Central University College in Accra are going to lose their jobs after years of service.
According to Mr Emil Afenyo, the Registrar of the University, the retrenchment exercise is being carried out due to the poor finances of the institution.
The registrar of the University College addressing some of affected staff including Junior and Senior members of the faculty, was heard in an audio lamenting about the poor financial state of the College.
It could be recalled that, the Central University recently sent home some 67 workers in what it described as staff rationalization exercise to reduce the wage bill of the institution.
The management of the institution explained that, the exercise was to improve efficiencies in customer support, service delivery as well as administrative excellence.
“The mandate they have given us is to reduce the staff cost by 40%. We have approximately 500 staff. So if you’re going to reduce the cost by 40%, you can imagine the number of staff that must be laid off,” the registrar told the workers in an audio.
Mr Afenyo also added that, “What we did over the last year was to try to negotiate it as much as possible to see if we could reassign people with the hope that the University numbers would expand then it will not be necessary for people to be laid off.”
The registrar in his conversation explained that the institution in last year successfully reassigned some of its workers without any difficulties.
However, the move only helped the University to an extent by putting the financial standings of the institution on its feet.
“As I am speaking, our staff cost is still 2.7 million cedis and for the past 10 months, we have been running only on overdrafts,” he said.
Meanwhile, about 67 staff who were recently sacked via text messages claim they have served the University diligently for over 10 years and have therefore refused to sign the severance agreement handed to them by University authorities.
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