NAN MD promises improved workers’ welfare, demands resourcefulness



The newly-appointed Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Buki Ponle, on Wednesday promised an improved welfare package for the agency’s staff but demanded resourceful in reciprocity.

Ponle made the promise at a meeting with leaders of workers’ unions in the Lagos Office of the agency.

The unions are the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers’ Union (RATTAWU).

Ponle, who was on a duty tour of the agency’s Lagos Office, said that staff resourcefulness would propel him to come up with a better welfare package.

“My visit to this office is to find out ways to restore the agency to global reckoning as it used to be.

“I cannot do it alone but with your support in being up and doing with your duties,’’ Ponle, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Aug. 26, said.

He promised to do all he could to eliminate hindrances to success in the agency.

“One of my focal points is to achieve an improved conditions of service in the agency. If it is achievable in other places, it is achievable here and I will work toward it to boost staff morale to work.

“We have to prioritise our needs according to funds available,’’ he said.

The Acting Head of NAN, Lagos Office, Mr Silas Nwoha, had urged the managing director to encourage workers by rewarding hard work and excellence.

Nwoha appealed to Ponle to remove any impediments to promotion of deserving workers.

The NUJ executives led by the Chairman, Mrs Bola Akingbehin, listed the needs of the union members to include payment of arrears of allowances and improved conditions of service.

Akingbehin said that journalists in the office would work harder if adequately motivated.

RATTAWU executives led by the Chairman, Mr Daniel Akaphiare, itemised the needs of the union members to include implementation of 41 days annual leave, payment of overtime allowance to drivers and absorption of casual workers.

Ponle had at a meeting with NAN editorial staff in Lagos on Tuesday pledged that his administration would build a new NAN toward actualising Federal Government’s development agenda.

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola
Source: NAN


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