Ecobank fires 1,000 staff weeks after sack of 50 senior managers

Ecobank Nigeria Limited on Wednesday sacked some of its staff just as the it announced the conversion of over 200 outsourced personnel to permanent employees.
The bank in a statement issued and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said it was part of “its renewed drive for optimal performance”.
Mr Charles Kie, the bank’s Managing Director, was quoted by the statement as saying that the bank realigned certain roles to ensure improved efficiency.
This he said necessitated the exit of some staff who were adequately compensated.

He maintained that this was also in furtherance of a market repositioning exercise designed to strengthen the bank’s business across all markets where it operates.
He emphasised that the Ecobank Group was on a trajectory to achieve leadership and “Ecobank Nigeria remains one of ETI’s major affiliates as well as one of Nigeria’s systemically important financial institutions.”
A staff of the corporate affairs of the bank, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the number of staff sacked could not be confirmed but sources at the bank said upto 1,000 staff might have been affected.
The statement also announced the conversion of 200 out-sourced staff into a permanent positions in line with its commitment “to develop and grow talent by nurturing its people”.