Skye Bank Plc may have ignored the directive by Labour and Productivity Minister, Senator Chris Ngige, that banks should halt further retrenchment of its workers as it has just sent 175 of its employees into the labour market.
The bank confirmed the development in a statement through which it explained that the affected workers failed the year 2015 appraisal exercise.
The statement explained that a combination of factors was taken into consideration in the annual exercise, which ranged from low productivity to disciplinary issues.
It said the affected employees were duly exited in line with the bank’s staff exit policy.
The statement read in part: “The staff disengagement exercise is coming a year after the bank’s successful integration with the erstwhile Mainstreet Bank, which it acquired in October 2014. The integration exercise described by analysts as a landmark in Nigeria’s banking industry has significantly improved Skye Bank’s ICT capacity and helped strengthen the bank’s service delivery.
“The bank extended its appreciation to the affected staff for serving the bank, describing them as members of the family who will always be accorded deserving respect in their future dealings with the bank.”
According to the statement, Skye Bank is adjudged by the Central Bank of Nigeria as one of the systemically important banks with over N1.3tn balance sheet, and has over 400 branches.