Pastor Mensa Otabil’s Central University College to sack over 200 workers according to the Registrar, Mr Emil Afenyo.
The Registrar addressing some 67 workers who were recently ‘fired’ due to the poor financial status of the University said:
“In that document, 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.
“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. So you see that last year twice we did quite a major set of the reassignments. It has helped only to an extent. 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.
So meeting with the council (University Council) again in December they made it clear that whatever leeway we’ve been asking for we can’t have it, we need to finish up on this matter. So a committee was set up to review how we would approach the matter. And the bottom line is that you are among probably the 2nd or 3rd batch of people who the university is going to let go off. It is not over. All drivers will ultimately be gone because that’s the position of the operational document”.
According to the 67 workers, they were sacked through text messages after serving the University for about 10 to 20 years.
Listen to the voice recording of the Registrar while addressing the 67 sacked workers.