CBN sacks over 200 staff, gives reason

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retrenched approximately 200 employees across various departments in a bank-wide restructuring exercise, The Nation reports.

This latest round of job cuts impacted several departments including: Human Resources; Development Finance; Trade and Exchange (including a prominent director, Dr. Hassan Mahmud); Financial Policy and Regulation and Procurement and Support Services (all service coordinators in the PSSD who predominantly can be found in the state branches were laid-off on Friday)

Many of the affected staff were reportedly surprised to receive termination letters on yesterday afternoon with their employment ending immediately.

The CBN attributed the layoffs to a “significant organizational and human capital restructuring process” aligned with the bank’s recently publicised strategic direction and its new mission and vision.

A sample of the termination letter obtained, states, “In line with our new mission and vision, the Bank is currently undergoing a significant organizational and human capital restructuring process. As a result of this review, I have been directed to notify you that your services will not be required with effect from Friday, 24th May 2024. Your final entitlements will be calculated and paid to you in due course.”

The full impact of these job cuts remains to be seen. While the CBN emphasises alignment with its new strategic direction, the sudden nature of the layoffs has likely caused concern and disruption for the affected staff.