Atiku Abubakar’s American University of Nigeria, AUN has sacked 400 workers, days after another of the top politician’s firm, Gotel Communications sacked 46 workers.
AUN’s Vice President, University Relations, Abubakar Abba Tahir, said the action by the institution is part of it’s restructuring for sustainability.
Abubakar Tahir said: “Certain structural elements have been initiated by the new Governing Council of American University of Nigeria (AUN), in response to NUC requirements, mandating the institution to align with an approved governance structure for all tertiary institutions operating in the country.
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“Until now, AUN has operated a student-staff ratio which balance had continued to affect the sustainability of the university. This is clearly an uncommon and hardly workable tradition in all institutions and organizations around the world. Obviously it is unattainable.
“Thus, consequent upon the university’s new Governing Council vote to restructure the institution in line with its agenda for sustainability, a process of workforce rationalization has been in the pipeline.
“It is now time for the university to look back, look around and look ahead, to ensure that realistic and globally competitive administrative practices can be achieved in structure, strategy and focus.”