Fear, pity as 3500 bankers lose jobs in one week

Date: 27-12-2009 5:58 pm (12 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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He was one of the over 1000 staff sacked by Oceanic Bank on December 21st, two weeks after his wedding. The his new wife wept uncontrollably upon hearing the sad news lamenting that her in-laws would accuse her of bringing misfortune to their son.

An atmosphere of fear and pity has descended on the banking industry following the retrenchment of 3500 staff by three banks within one week.
On Monday, Oceanic Bank sacked over 1000 while the previous Friday Intercontinental Bank and UBA PLC sacked 1500 and 1000 respectively.
This development has occasioned an atmosphere of fear as most bankers now approach each day with trepidation not sure if that would not be the last day at work.

Also bankers who were formerly the other of professionals have become the object of pity in the eyes of the public.

 ”You know our industry has become an industry of pity. Banking job is no longer the dream job in town”, said a banker in reference to the recent decline in the fortunes of Nigerian banks and bankers.

In deed there is no better way to capture what has befallen the banking industry since August 14th 2009, when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sacked the chief executives and executive directors of five banks. Suddenly an industry that is famous for declaring jumbo profits and mouth watering dividend declared loses amounting to over a trillion naira.

And an industry that is noted for generating employment in thousands suddenly began to sack en mass. As at the last count five banks have sacked 5000 staff while others are preparing their sack list.

Across the industry and among bankers there is palpable fear, anxiety and apprehension. “Everybody is afraid”, said Tope, a staff of   First Bank Olowu branch in Ikeja.

“We hear the bank wants to sack again and it might be up to 1000 this time around”, she said adding that the problem is that we don’t even know the criteria. We have been asking what the criteria are but no answer.” “I have stopped worrying”, Chinyere said , “I won’t  allow retrenchment fever kill me. I still have my certificate so I can still get job elsewhere.”

But for most bankers the challenge is more than getting another job,  that is even if there is a job waiting out there. The unemployment situation is scary with millions of graduate yet to secure job years after they left school.

The challenge for most bankers is that they are used to a high standard of living courtesy of high remuneration in the industry and the easy access to cheap loans. Most of them drive posh cars, live in high brow areas where the rents are quite staggering. Many of them have taken loans to finance various forms of asset acquisition from cars to houses.

It is not their fault. Credit is the commodity of trade in the industry and hence patronising their banks also means taking loans or buying credit from the bank.

The result is that every banker has one loan or the other to repay. “You know we bankers live on credit”, a manager with Oceanic bank said.

On top of these are  the many relatives and friends that depend on bankers for sustenance. Many of them have junior ones whom they assist to pay their school fees up to university as well as parents and elderly relatives who depend on them  for economic support from time to time.

That is why unemployment to a banker is a colossal misfortune not only to him but to his family.

Kwara State-born Mustapha is a former staff of First Bank. He was employed on February 4, 2008, confirmed in March 2009 and appraised in April 2009 and to his surprise, he was one of the 485 staff retrenched by First Bank on October 16. His father, a retired UBA staff was dazed.

Mustapha’s employment has brought lots of smiles and hope to him and the family who looked up to him as the bread winner with the added responsibility to sponsor his sibling’s education.   

The story of James is even more pathetic. He was one of the over 1000 staff sacked by Oceanic Bank on December 21st, two weeks after his wedding. The his new wife wept uncontrollably upon hearing the sad news lamenting that her in-laws would accuse her of bringing misfortune to their son.

Kunle was also among those sacked by Oceanic Bank. He sobbed like a baby when he got to the office that morning and like other affected staff discovered he couldn’t log in to the banks’ computer system, indicating he has been disengaged. He is the sole provider for his family of three children and wife.

His wife used to be gainfully employed. But due to the demands of taking care of their three children they both agreed she should resign and she did. Now both of them are unemployed.

One of the most frustrating thing aspect of the mass retrenchment and which made it very painful for the affected bankers is that for most of them they were not sacked because they were incompetent or did not perform. They were just sacked.

Kemi was one of the 300 sacked by Stanbic IBTC in October. In fact five of them were sacked at the Elephant House branch of the bank in Alausa in Lagos state.

The five of them she said were the most hardworking of the 15 staff in the branch, a situation which devastated not only them but also the branch manager who could not understand the criteria used by the management that made the five of the most dependable staff to be included in the sack list.

This makes their sack very  painful for the affected bankers. They had laboured and even slaved for the banks.

Most of them especially those that live in Lagos leave for work 4.30 am in order to bit traffic and be in the office by 7.30 am, work till 7.00pm and most times don’t get home till 10.00pm. Some even work on Saturdays and Sunday and as a result don’t have time for family and friends and even for religious programmes .

Many of them have subjected themselves to humiliating experiences in order to meet the impossible deposit targets constantly given them by the banks, and they have borrowed against future income to finance high taste induced by the banking environment. And despite all these sacrifices they found themselves rejected by the banks which they had once proudly and painfully served.


Posted: at 27-12-2009 05:58 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
- Toks-E at 27-12-2009 08:50 PM (12 years ago)
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pheewww,  e dey happen everywhere

dats why 1 needs to be flexible

Posted: at 27-12-2009 08:50 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dirtykid at 27-12-2009 09:55 PM (12 years ago)
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is worldwide issue, even companies and factory's dey fold nowadays.

Posted: at 27-12-2009 09:55 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- waco at 28-12-2009 01:45 PM (12 years ago)
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Its really a pity. Sorry bankers.
Thank God for my life, i remember struggling for yrs
for a bank job. God's plan for our lives, na im be d best.

Posted: at 28-12-2009 01:45 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- sahga at 28-12-2009 11:50 PM (12 years ago)
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AM SPEESCHLESS
Posted: at 28-12-2009 11:50 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- just2sexy at 29-12-2009 04:07 AM (12 years ago)
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economy crisis

Posted: at 29-12-2009 04:07 AM (12 years ago) | Hero
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- kemoprosper at 29-12-2009 11:58 AM (12 years ago)
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thank God am not a banker......
Posted: at 29-12-2009 11:58 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- RosemaryI at 29-12-2009 12:36 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: waco on 28-12-2009 01:45 PM
Its really a pity. Sorry bankers.
Thank God for my life, i remember struggling for yrs
for a bank job. God's plan for our lives, na im be d best.
i thank God for your life o, God's plan is always the best.

there's fire on the mountain cos by the time dis amount of sacked bankers join the unemployed graduates.  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
and some are stll wearing the NYSC uniform.
i've never liked a white collar job sha.
God hlp our over population.

one family has already gotten someone to put the balme on. "wife wey come with bad legs".  Sad Sad Sad
Posted: at 29-12-2009 12:36 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- popo2009 at 29-12-2009 02:09 PM (12 years ago)
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Rosemary, I think you are right. This will only increase the number of jobless people and CRIME
Our leaders must stop luthing of money.
Posted: at 29-12-2009 02:09 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- black_samurai at 29-12-2009 08:01 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: popo2009 on 29-12-2009 02:09 PM
Rosemary, I think you are right. This will only increase the number of jobless people and CRIME
Our leaders must stop luthing of money.


hahahahahaha..... If they stop looting, economic crises go hold them too!! So make dem no stop so that make some suga daddys still get money to drop ffor students wey dey hustle!!

Posted: at 29-12-2009 08:01 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mekus16real at 31-12-2009 03:34 AM (12 years ago)
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it is a pity that they lost their job am speechless.........it was course by their crime directors, who granted stupid loans witout collateral, l wish those directors wuld hv bn in prisons 4 their evil deed :'(
Posted: at 31-12-2009 03:34 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- Agatex at 4-01-2010 04:19 PM (12 years ago)
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monkey dey work bamboo dey chop, people wey collect all those loans from banks just dey their house sleeping and enjoying while innocent people are been sacked for their sake na God go help us.
Posted: at 4-01-2010 04:19 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- CrEaMdOlL at 7-01-2010 11:30 PM (12 years ago)
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Honestly am sPeEcHlEsS.
Posted: at 7-01-2010 11:30 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- hackynoni111 at 3-09-2015 12:55 PM (6 years ago)
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i hate bank job
Posted: at 3-09-2015 12:55 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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