Nigeria: Bank Of Agric. Debunks Allege Wrongful Disengagement Of 325 Staff


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The management of Bank of Agriculture (BOA) in Nigeria, has debunked allegations of wrongful termination of appointments of 325 employees, categorised as  those from the non-core sector of the organisation

The Managing Director/CEO of BOA, Kabir Mohammed Adamu  disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday  while reacting to the allegations by the disengaged employees.

The workers ,he explained, were disengaged in line with the practice in the industry and were duly settled to the tune of N1.1 billion as severance Allowances.

Mr. Adamu who spoke through the Bank’s Acting Head of Corporate Communication, Mr. James Wayo, explained that the said affected  employees of the bank comprising of drivers, secretaries and auxiliaries were from the non-core sector of the organisation.

The disengagement, according to BOA Chief Executive Officer, was based on old age, length of service, decline in productivity, disciplinary cases and in accordance with due process and Collective Agreement in line with the practice in the industry.

He emphasised that the former employees were duly paid all their entitlements in accordance with the salary structure as approved by the National Income Salaries and Wages Commission, (NISWC) and the Employee Handbook.

To buttress his point and in view of this, documents showing payments to the said 325 disengaged staff including 70 that were re engaged following the review of the exercise as directed by the National Assembly, were tendered before newsmen for clarity.

According to the Managing Director/CEO, of the  N1.1billion  paid to the disengaged staff as severance allowance, N520,644,339.14 to Junior staff; while N624,969,884.29 was  paid to Senior staff of the bank.

Speaking on the allegations of recruitment of relations by top Management of the Bank, he said it was not correct and should be disregarded. According to him, all recruitment exercises in the Bank were carried out in accordance with due process, the principles of Federal Character and the approval of the Federal Character Commission.

“On receipt of the resolution of the NASS requesting the Bank to review their case and give them first right of refusal in case of vacancies for which they are qualified, the Bank carried out a review, reengaged about 70 of them as Drivers and Secretaries.

“The Clerk of the NASS, the Permanent Secretary and Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Complaint Commission and Legal Aid Council Kaduna were appropriately informed.

‘The Bank appeared before the House Committee on Legislative Compliance in December, 2016 on the matter where the committee confirmed that the Bank had complied with the resolution of the House.

“The Bank further appeared before the House Committee on Legislative compliance to show evidence of payment of their entitlements. Details of the Bank’s submission on compliance with the resolution of NASS and evidence of payment were made available to their representatives (solicitors) by the committee.

” The current Management Team of the Bank came into office March, 2017, and although management is continuous, but it is not part of these allegations we are talking about,” he added.

The disengaged staff had alleged at a news conference in Kaduna recently, that their appointments were wrongly terminated by the Bank without settlement of their entitlements.

They also spoke of alleged recruitment of relations by top management of the Bank.

 

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