Femi Fani-Kayode Attacks MD Of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe For Planned Mass Sack And Closure Of Over 300 Branches
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a human rights activist, former Minister of Aviation and a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has attacked the Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, for planned sack of over 75% his workers.
In a leaked digital room virtual town meeting, the bank had announced plans to sack its workers as a result of the negative impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Herbert Wigwe had said that apart from the mass sacking, which would affect about 75 per cent of the bank’s workforce, he would take the lead in having the largest pay cut of 40 per cent.
“I will be the first to take the hit and I’m gonna take the largest pay cut, which would be as much as 40 per cent,” he said.
It was gathered that many of the bank’s staff received their sack letters via email on Thursday.
Reacting on Sunday in a post on his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode accused the Bank GMD of betraying his workers to appease President Muhammadu Buhari .
He recalled that Access Bank had donated N1 Billion to help the Federal Government combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) .
Chief Fani-Kayode wrote: “You gave 1 Billion Naira to the FG to fight Covid 19 & the next day you sacked hundreds of your loyal staff. You betrayed your workers & turned your back on them when they needed you most because you were more interested in ur profits & appeasing Buhari. @myaccessbank SHAME ON U!
“Worse still you shut down 340 of your branches! With a stroke of the pen you have thrown thousands of people into unemployment at a time when they are already going through hell because of the lockdown & you have destroyed many families. @Herbertwigwe , how do you sleep at night?
A twitter user responding to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode's messaged "Shame on you doesn't place them where they belong. Closing account will place them where the belong. I'm doing so tomorrow at @myaccessbank . I encourage meaningful Nigerians to do same."
Shame on you doesn't place them where they belong. Closing account will place them where the belong. I'm doing so tomorrow at @myaccessbank. I encourage meaningful Nigerians to do same.— greenwhitegreen (@reform_ng) May 3, 2020