SHOCKER! Ex-President Obasanjo Sacks Staff Of His Presidential Library, Refuses To Pay Salaries
May. 30, 2020
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian President has laid off staff of his Abeokuta-based Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library without settling salaries owned them as well as other entitlements.
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Olanike Ogunleye, Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement said in a letter to the workers that the management of the OPL was overwhelmed by the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and 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 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."
Before laying the workers off on Friday, the OPL had been owing several months of salaries, SaharaReporters reports.
A worker cited by the online news service said, "They have been owing salaries since last year. They will pay one and it’s going to be after 3-4 months that they will pay another one. We have workers collecting less than N30,000 and they refer to those collecting N50, 000 as senior staff and they are still owing.
"This year, they have paid just January salary and half of April salary which was paid on 20th of April."
Obasanjo led Nigeria for eight years from 1999 to 2007.
Scooper had earlier reported how Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Jonathan and 13 other past African leaders on Friday professed confidence in Akinwunmi Adesina as president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), asserting that he has done remarkable job in steering the organisation.
This comes off the back of the United State's push for what it called a fresh impartial, independent investigation of allegations of favouritism levelled against Adesina by unidentified whistleblowers inside the Abidjan-based lender.
The 15 leaders including Boni Yayi (President of Benin; 2006-2016), Hailemariam Desalegn (Prime Minister of Ethiopia; 2012 – 2018), chronicled Adesina's achievements over the past years in office and urged the Trump administration to respect the AfDB ethics committee's resolution which exonerated Adesina from all allegations.
They maintain in a jointly signed statement that “Governance is all about respecting and abiding by rules, laws and established governing systems of organizations.
"In the case of the AfDB, while differences may exist among parties, the best way to address them is to first respect the rules, procedures and governance structures of the bank.
“The African Development Bank is a pride for all of Africa, and its president, Dr Adesina, has taken the bank to enviable heights. At this critical time that Africa is battling with COVID-19, the bank and its president should not be distracted.”
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