The management of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State has sent its workers on “temporary cessation” until further notice following the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business.
A memo signed by Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, claimed that the organisation was overwhelmed by the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The memo read in part: “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.”
The Managing Director of the library, Vitalise Ortese, added that the decision was informed by the reality of the period.
“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,” Ortese said.