Many staff of the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have been sacked reportedly, following the economic hardship occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The reputable International Library is sponsored by the former President.
Its Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, in a letter sighted, said that the development is due to the overwhelming adverse impacts of the coronavirus on the organisation.
The organisation added the Covid-19 crisis has made it impossible 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 business, significantly.
“This has resulted to 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.
“You are to hand over all company properties in your possession to the human resource department, who shall do a confirmation of the exit clearance process, before your final entitlements (if any) would be paid.”
It was gathered that the letter dated May 25, was handed over to the affected workers on Friday.
It was learnt that the organisation owed several months of salaries before the layoff, which have still not been paid allegedly.
One of the affected workers said in confidence: “They have been owing salaries since last year. They will pay one, and it is going to be after 3 to 4 months that they will pay another one.
“This year, they have paid just January salary and half of April salary, which was paid on 20th of April.”