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Members of staff and friends poured encomiums on a retired Deputy-Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Wale Ojetimi, on Friday, at a send-off party organised in his honour.
Many described Ojetimi as hardworking, generous, patient, tolerant and trustworthy, at the event which took place at the Lagos office of the agency.
NAN Head of Lagos Operations, Mr Ephraims Sheyin, narrated his good working relationship and moments with Ojetimi as district correspondents in different zones.
Sheyin said that when he was transferred to take over headship of NAN Lagos office, several colleagues referred him to Ojetimi.
“He is somebody that is very pleasant to work with,” he said.
The head of Lagos office said that Ojetimi helped several people selflessly without expecting anything in return.
He commended him for being good, which he said reflected in the turnout at the send-off and the remarks by people.
Sheyin said that he would continue to tap from his wealth of experience even in his retirement, while wishing him all the best in the new phase.
The Chairman, Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr  Adeleye  Ajayi, said Ojetimi was generous and talented.
Ajayi, also a Deputy-Editor-in-Chief in NAN, urged Ojetimi to transfer his wealth of experience as a seasoned journalist by mentoring young journalists.
“Wale is highly talented,” Ajayi said, praying that his hard work in NAN would open doors for him in retirement.
Some other Deputy and Assistant Editors-in-Chief also praised Ojetimi for his selflessness and willingness to always offer assistance.
Correspondents and reporters who spoke at the send-off party praised Ojetimi for always being there to work on their stories, even at odd hours.
Mr Deji Fadipe, Chairman, Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), NAN chapter, also commended Ojetimi for his good works and forthrightness while in the agency.
He urged the management to prioritise paying retired staff reparation allowance.
“The management should make it a priority that once a staff is retiring, the allowance should have been prepared immediately, maximum, a week after retirement.
“This will ensure it serves its purpose as this allowance helps the retiree for the period after he leaves service and before he gets his pension which is always delayed, “Fadipe said.
Responding, Ojetimi, who thanked members of staff for their love and support, called for innovative ways to boost the agency’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He advised staff of the editorial department of the agency to rise up to the challenge of taking the agency to greater heights.
He said that NAN could do better with more funds.
“We have to find innovative ways to generate income; this is a big challenge to everyone, “ he said.
Ojetimi commended journalists for their tenacity in spite of the challenges facing them in the society.
He urged reporters to continue to learn, move with current trends in the industry, be relevant, and be ahead of the agency’s subscribers.
“Make sure speed and accuracy remains our watchword; go for objective and timely information, “ he said.
NAN reports that Ojetimi was Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Metro Desk in the Lagos office  until his retirement in April when he clocked 60.
During his service, spanning over 32 years, he served as Bureau Chief of NAN office in Johannesburg, covering Southern Africa for several years. 



(NAN)
Encomiums as NAN celebrates Ojetimi, retired DEIC

Members of staff and friends poured encomiums on a retired Deputy-Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Wale Ojetimi, on Friday, at a send-off party organised in his honour.

Many described Ojetimi as hardworking, generous, patient, tolerant and trustworthy, at the event which took place at the Lagos office of the agency.

NAN Head of Lagos Operations, Mr Ephraims Sheyin, narrated his good working relationship and moments with Ojetimi as district correspondents in different zones.

Sheyin said that when he was transferred to take over headship of NAN Lagos office, several colleagues referred him to Ojetimi.

“He is somebody that is very pleasant to work with,” he said.

The head of Lagos office said that Ojetimi helped several people selflessly without expecting anything in return.

He commended him for being good, which he said reflected in the turnout at the send-off and the remarks by people.

Sheyin said that he would continue to tap from his wealth of experience even in his retirement, while wishing him all the best in the new phase.

The Chairman, Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr  Adeleye  Ajayi, said Ojetimi was generous and talented.

Ajayi, also a Deputy-Editor-in-Chief in NAN, urged Ojetimi to transfer his wealth of experience as a seasoned journalist by mentoring young journalists.

“Wale is highly talented,” Ajayi said, praying that his hard work in NAN would open doors for him in retirement.

Some other Deputy and Assistant Editors-in-Chief also praised Ojetimi for his selflessness and willingness to always offer assistance.

Correspondents and reporters who spoke at the send-off party praised Ojetimi for always being there to work on their stories, even at odd hours.

Mr Deji Fadipe, Chairman, Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), NAN chapter, also commended Ojetimi for his good works and forthrightness while in the agency.

He urged the management to prioritise paying retired staff reparation allowance.

“The management should make it a priority that once a staff is retiring, the allowance should have been prepared immediately, maximum, a week after retirement.

“This will ensure it serves its purpose as this allowance helps the retiree for the period after he leaves service and before he gets his pension which is always delayed, “Fadipe said.

Responding, Ojetimi, who thanked members of staff for their love and support, called for innovative ways to boost the agency’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

He advised staff of the editorial department of the agency to rise up to the challenge of taking the agency to greater heights.

He said that NAN could do better with more funds.

“We have to find innovative ways to generate income; this is a big challenge to everyone, “ he said.

Ojetimi commended journalists for their tenacity in spite of the challenges facing them in the society.

He urged reporters to continue to learn, move with current trends in the industry, be relevant, and be ahead of the agency’s subscribers.

“Make sure speed and accuracy remains our watchword; go for objective and timely information, “ he said.

NAN reports that Ojetimi was Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Metro Desk in the Lagos office  until his retirement in April when he clocked 60.

During his service, spanning over 32 years, he served as Bureau Chief of NAN office in Johannesburg, covering Southern Africa for several years.

(NAN)

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