The management of the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has asked its workers to “temporarily” stop resuming for work until further notice.
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In a letter signed by Olanike Ogunleye, Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, the management cited the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the reason for its decision.
According to the document, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the library, particularly the economic disruptions that occurred in the past two months.
The letter partly read: “As you are aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on all our business 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.
“This temporary cessation is effective from 31st May, 2020 and until business picks up and you are recalled back to work, please note that you are not eligible for any payment during this period of cessation.”
Confirming the development, Vitalise Ortese, Managing Director of the library, said the decision had to be made due to current circumstances.
“We didn’t make single kobo since March. We didn’t sack anybody. It was clearly stated there, temporary cessation. We have not made a kobo since March 16 or thereabout. No bailout and we didn’t get palliative from the government. How do we pay salaries? It’s normal we have to allow people to go temporarily,” he said.
The library, named after former president Olusegun Obasanjo, was conceived in 1988 and launched to the public in 2017.