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COVID-19: Former President, Obasanjo Sacks Workers Over Inability To Pay Salaries



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked many staff working in his Presidential Library (OOPL) to stay at home for the meantime over the inability to sustain its workforce.

The Library, which is in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is a recreational centre with a hotel, event centres, an amusement park, a wildlife park, a church, a mosque and others.

OOPL explained that the decision was part of measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, hotels and other similar establishments have been told to remain closed.

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In a letter addressed to the affected staff, Obasanjo Library said the workers are to stay away from duty, starting from May 31.

The OOPL Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, said the OOPL was overwhelmed by the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the management had found it hard to sustain its workforce.

The letter reads in part, “As you are aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on all our businesses significantly. This has resulted in making some difficult business decisions. Due to this situation, we regret to inform you that your employment will be put on hold till further notice.

The affected workers were asked to hand over all company properties in their possession to the human resource department, who, it was learnt, would confirm the exit clearance process before their final entitlements would be paid, if any.

According to the letter, the affected staff are only on “temporary cessation of appointment”, as they may be recalled back when business picks up again.

However, OOPL said they would not be paid during the period.

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“Please note that you are not eligible for any payment during this period of cessation,” the letter reads.

Our correspondent put a call through to the OOPL official phone number as it was confirmed that the workers were not sacked, but were only told to stay at home pending when business picks up again.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.



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