Allnews, on Friday, reported that Gotel Communications, a company owned by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, had sacked 46 employees, the firm has now disclosed what led to the termination of its workers' contracts on Workers Day.
In a statement issued in response to the sack report, Gotel Communications' General Manager, Mohammed El Yakubu, said the company is going through a restructuring phase. It was revealed that Priam Group, the parent company of Gotel Communications is rationalising workforce in Gotel.
Gotel Communications is a media organisation that offers television and radio services in Yola, Adamawa. Allnews had reported that 46 employees had been sacked with no reason given on the letter.
The company simply informed the affected workers that “The management has decided to discontinue your services with immediate effect." Adding that, "Consequently, please be informed that your entitlements including stipend in lieu of the notice will be computed and posted into your account with immediate effect.”
While reacting through a statement titled “Rationalisation of staff in Gotel, outcome of long-standing company restructuring.”, Yakubu said the merger of companies under Priam Group had led to the restructuring.
"The rationalisation of staff at Gotel Communications Limited, a company under the umbrella of Priam Group, is a culmination of the restructuring process in the companies under our Group.
“The founder of companies under Priam had announced that many of his business concerns would be aggregated under the Priam Group. Priam Group had embarked on a restructuring exercise which led to a merger of many companies under its umbrella."
He added, “Other components of the restructuring includes rationalisation of workforce and thus some members of staff of the group would be laid off, with their full disengagement benefits paid to them.’’ Yakubu was quoted in a report by Punch.