CBN says banks must give notice, reasons before sacking staff

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday said that if commercial banks continue to sack its staff up to a significant number, they would be made to give prior notice and reasons to the apex bank before such actions are taken.

Kolawole Balogun, a representative of the CBN, said this while speaking at an interactive meeting in Abuja with Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, and other stakeholders in banking and finance sectors.

He explained that the banks should be able to make profit with a reasonable amount of staff.

“We have looked at our laws in terms of our limitations. In as much as we cannot impose staff on any bank, we can engage them on other solutions  and that is what we are doing now,” he said.

“We have even gone a step further to look at how we can, not in terms of regulation but in terms of knowing why they are actually disengaging their staff.

“We will soon come up with a circular for the banks to ensure that if they are going to disengage up to a certain number of staff they should let us know and explain why.

“Although times are challenging at the moment, they can still manage to keep some level of their staff and remain profitable.”

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, said the commercial banks must obey the country’s labour laws.

“You must obey all laws of the land, including labour laws, such as the Trade Union Act, T14 law of the federation concerning redundancy and the Trade Dispute Act, which deals with the management of trade disputes including employee-employers’ relationship,” Ngige said.

“The ILO takes very seriously the issue of workers maltreatment in various guises, be it in the industries, construction sites or public service. Workers should be treated with dignity and decency.”

He added that the government would not tolerate disobedience of labour laws and regulations by financial institutions operating in the country.

Ecobank, FCMB and First Bank are just three of the banks that have sacked staff in 2016.

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