By Nasir Muhammadu, Lagos
Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) has fired her General Manager of Human Resources and Administration, Bola Olajomi-Otubu.
Contained in a confidential letter dated, 1 April 2021, and signed by the coy’s Chief Executive Officer, Naeem-Atiq Sadiq, the termination was in accordance with the provisions of your contract of employment.
According to the letter obtained by The Union Nigeria, “In accordance with the provisions of your contract of employment which came into effect on 1 July 2019, we hereby terminate your contract effective from 1 April 2021 and will pay you three (3) months’ salary in lieu of notice.”
“Your salary, benefits and any other entitlements will be computed up to and including 1 April 2021 and paid to you within seven working days. Enclosed is an exit clearance form, which you are required to complete.
“We hereby terminate your contract effective from 1 April 2021 and will pay you three (3) months’ salary in lieu of notice. Your salary, benefits and any other entitlements will be computed up to and including 1 April 2021 and paid to you within seven working days. Enclosed is an exit clearance form, which you are required to complete.
Although not clearly spelt in the termination letter, The Union Nigeria gathered that Bola Olajomi-Otubu contract was terminated over allegations of gross misconducts bordering on contract infractions, negligence, and abuse of office duties.
A source in Heritage told The Union Nigeria that “amongst her many alleged corrupt practices uncovered, was the use of front companies to bid for and win contracts in the organization for herself and her associates within OML 30 oil field especially in areas of Manpower contractors.”
“She also refused to give explanations to most of her conducts whenever she was called upon rather shunning top executives and arrogated extreme powers to herself as a supremo in Nigeria and that these “expatriates” can do nothing to her.”
“Until the termination of her appointment, Bola committed varying degree of infractions which on several occasions reduced the estimation of the oil multinational firm from the perspective of the general public.”
“It is noteworthy that the management of HEOSL under the visionary leadership of the CEO Naeem Atik Sadiq in a move to curb the excessive malpractices of the former GM Human Resources & Administration, deemed it fit to sack the erring General Manager to reduce the damage she has since caused the organization after joining HEOSL from Guinness Nigeria Plc in 2019.”
Another source said, “Bola, cut an intimidating posture in the organization and once threatened to fire the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Nigeria boasting of her connections within the industry and have since resorted to cheap blackmail of the amiable CEO once she got wind of her impending sack.
One of the staff said, “During her time as the GM Human Resources & Admin, Bola singlehandedly fired many Nigerians due to her huge ego problem with the constant threatening word “I will deal with you, I will deal with you”.
“Prior to her termination, she terminated the employment contracts of over 17 staff who protested their unpaid 13th Months’ salary for 2020.”
“It is a huge relief that she is out of the organization”, according to another Manager in the Warri office of HEOSL who begged anonymity also, “there was wild celebration across all facilities of OML 30 when the sack announcement hit them.”
“Some of the company staff expressed uncommon joy, they claimed her sack is a welcome development since her actions severely affected production figures with incessant shutdown of facilities every week across all oil field which we never experienced under Richard Cutts, a former GM Corporate Services who was a sound and experienced conflict resolution expert respected by all community stakeholders.” The source claimed.
An insider close to the sacked General Manager, said “she is planning to head to court, but unfortunately, the staff policy handbook she drafted shall totally nullify whatever litigation plans she is nursing as her sack was rightly done and long overdue according to the terms of the policy.”
While thanking the CEO for doing the right thing, some community leaders have resolved to work with the management of HEOSL in ensuring a smooth operation across the OML 30 Oil Field for the betterment of the Niger Delta people.
Meanwhile, all efforts to reach Bola Olajomi-Otubu proved abortive.
Her phone number was switched off for days. Text messages sent to her were not responded to. Her LinkedIn account was lock to messages, and she could not be reached on twitter and Facebook social media platforms.
A source close to her stated however, that she switched her line off due to harassing phone calls and text messages she was receiving from her former colleagues.
However, an acting Human Resource Manager, Mr. Mark Iyasele has been appointed.
Iyasele declined comment when a call was place to his phone, insisting that he was not authorized to speak on the matter.