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Unity Bank Lays off 215 Workers

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In its efforts to re-strategise and inject new  blood into its system,  Unity Bank Plc has sacked 215 members of its staff, out of the total workforce of 2,000.
This is with a view to bringing in some young 200 workers, according to a release from the lender on Thursday in Lagos.
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The exercise, according to the bank, was to enable the lender realign its operation and pursue a long term growth strategy.
Some of the downsized staff members were said to have opted to resign while management approved severance package for them in line with the bank’s policy.
The lender had in May last year forged a strategic alliance with Black Tritium, equity and investment fund manager.
Investigation revealed that the affected members of staff were those that achieved less than 40 per cent of their performance target, which affected the lender’s overall profitability in recent years.
The downsizing, which cut across all cadres including junior, middle and top management positions, happened at a time majority of banks are battling with poor profitability over harsh economic conditions and heightened business risks from the plunge in crude oil prices.
The bank is also said to have attracted specialist skills to its workforce since the relocation of its head office from Abuja to Lagos, which was in line with its plan to grow market share in viable clusters of the retail market.
This was with a view to injecting fresh ideas, initiatives and energies to strengthen its various departments with capabilities to pursue the attainment of strategic business focus in the Agricultural financing, retail/Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and development of rural economy.
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