A newly opened radio station in the city of Ibadan, YES101.7FM has reportedly lay-off four staff from working at the station.
One of the affected staff, Zainab Fakunle, took to Twitter to express her disappointment in the management and staff of the station.
“I’m in pain!
After almost 30 days of Ramadan, I got the most devastating news of my life. I was laid off from my radio job as an OAP, just because I have an “R” factor! They laid me off barely a month after resumption! I’ve worked at 3 different stations before now and it was never an issue.”
“This is devastating, but I know God will vindicate me. The painful part was that when this happened they said it was misconduct.” She said.
In a chat with Ibadan Media, Zainab said she’s being sacked because of her inability to pronounce ‘r’ properly.
She confirmed that she went through a proper recruitment exercise and was interviewed by the top management of the organization before engaging her. “Yes, I went through a practical interview too and I can say they noticed the “r” factor in my pronunciation.
Remember that, Yes 101.7fm was launched barely a month ago in Ibadan with a grand inauguration.
A station owned by a renewed broadcaster, Chief Yemi Sonde, former Oyo State FIBAN Chairman, who has also led FIBAN at the national level, as their President.
In the letter sighted by this medium, dated 28th April, 2022 and signed by one Chinasa Egelemba, the HR/Admin of the Organization, the management stated that the unfortunate termination is due to the ongoing restructuring at the station.
The letter also stated that the station is exercising their right to terminate appointments within the six months probation period.
The affected staff are to be paid 7 days wages in lieu of notice, and they were also directed to hand over all properties of the company in their possession!