From Jibril Miachi, Kaduna
Contrary to insinuations, the management of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) Ltd has said that there was no injustice in the disengagement of the bank’s 325 workers.
The bank also denied the claims on non-payment of their entitlements among other things by the affected employees.
BoA’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Adamu, who reacted to media reports to the incident in Kaduna on Thursday, said that the publications were untrue.
The workers had at a press conference, which the media reported, claimed that they were unjustly sacked. They also claimed that their entitlements were not paid.
Adamu who spoke through the bank’s Acting Head of Corporate Communication, Mr. James Wayo, said that the sacked employees “from the non-core sector of the organisation” were disengaged in line with practice in the industry.”
He gave their breakdown to include “drivers, secretaries and auxiliaries” who had their services terminated “due to age, length of service and decline in productivity as well as disciplinary cases in 2011.
“This was done in accordance with due process, employee handbook and collective agreement in line with the practice in the industry,” Adamu said, adding that the former employees were paid all their entitlements since 2012.
According to him, “the payments were made in accordance with salary structure as approved by the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission (NISWC) and the Employee Handbook”.
To buttress his point, documents showing evidence of payments amounting to N1.1billion made to the staff members were tendered before newsmen just as he disclosed that with the intervention of the National Assembly, “70 of them were re-engaged.”
Adamu denied knowledge of alleged “recruitment of relations by top management,” saying that “it is not correct. The current management team of the bank came into office in March 2017. Consequently, we were not part of the allegation, though management is continuous.
“All recruitment exercises in the bank are carried out in accordance with due process, principles of Federal Character, approval of the Federal Character Commission,” he said.