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NAN Workers Oppose Re-appointment of Former MD



NAN Workers Oppose Re-appointment of Former MD
By Afa Cha, Abuja

The Joint Union of the News Agency of Nigeria urged the federal government not to reappoint former Managing Director of the Agency, Bayo Onanuga, because reappointing him would inflict pain on the staff.

Spokeman of the joint union, Gambo Haruna, who spoke on behalf of the unions at a news conference in Abuja, said since the exit of Mr Onanuga, the agency has enjoyed industrial peace and harmony.

He, however, called for the appointment of someone, who have the understanding of the workings of the agency, saying this would go a long way to restore its dwindling performance and lost glory.

“Experience has shown that individuals with no knowledge and understanding of what the agency was established to achieve, come into the agency to manipulate, bastardise the system, and ignore the conditions of service and Public Service Rules.

“NAN members of staff, therefore, wish to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians for their support and understanding.

“The members of staff wish (to) inform Mr President and Nigerians that NAN currently enjoys industrial peace and harmony after the exit of Bayo Onanuga, we sincerely believe that reappointing him would inflict more pains on the staff.

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“At this juncture, we call on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt and other related Practices Commission (ICPC) to expedite actions in probing the allegations on misappropriation of funds made by the Joint Union.”

The unionist also demanded the reversal of all acting appointments of some officers, who had also benefitted from January 2018 promotion, saying this was an injustice to other colleagues employed on the same grade level.

He demanded the immediate deployment of officers on posting, seconded to NAN back to their various offices, saying this discourages career progression, and a negation of the Public Service Rules.

According to him, the engagement of contract staff is not only duplication, but a calculated attempt to make a confirmed staff of the agency redundant.

“This is apart from the fact that their continued engagement is costing the agency N3.9 million monthly, while seven state offices have been closed due to the inability to pay rent,” he said.

NAN has the Joint Union under the umbrella of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio Television Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWUN).

Others are the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Service Employees and the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporation and Government-Owned Companies.

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DAILY ASSET Roundtable: Guests Condemn Bad Politics,  Knock Economy




By Ubong Ukpong, Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad, Eze Okechukwu  Idris Umar, Abuja

Panelists at the DAILY  ASSET 5th Anniversary Roundtable, organised yesterday at the Nicon luxury hotel, Abuja, did justice to issues in the  national economy, and politics as well as the role of the media in the 2023 General Elections.
The discussants were united on the fact that Nigeria needed a competent and intelligent leader to take over its affairs from President Muhammad Buhari by May 29, next year.

The roundtable, attended by the academia, politicians, media personalities and top government functionaries was chaired by Dr. Patrick Ukase, Head of Department, History and International Studies, Kogi State University, Anyingba. The panelists included the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, who was represented by the Director General, Benue Liason Office, Abuja, Gideon Hemba, Dr.

Amaechi Anaekwe, Director of Programmes, Africa Independent Television, (AIT), Hon. Francis Ottah Agbo, lawmaker representing Ado, Ogbadigbo and Okpokwu Federal Constituency of Benue State, Dr. Abbas Idris, Director General, Federal Capital Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, the Publisher and Editor-in-chief, DAILY ASSET Newspaper,  and staff and management team  of the newspaper among others.

Prof. Ukase noted that the economy, security, infrastructure and all other aspects of national lives suffer neglect when any country fails to recruit the right kind of political leaders, stating that “the system won’t be open to talents and merits would not matter anymore.”

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He expressed dissatisfaction with the way Nigerian economy, bureaucracy and governance at all levels have been abandoned because of next year’s general elections, noting that the economy and governance should never be sacrificed on the alter of power acquisition. 

Prof. Ukase identified media challenges to include ownership,
control, molestation of journalists by security agents, often resulting in arrests and illegal detention , poor rumenerations or even no renumeration at all and lack of modern professional tools including computers and camera, however praised the management of DAILY ASSET Newspaper for its resilience and consistency in production.
Hon. Francis  Agbo noted that good governance was an irreducible minimum and challenged Nigerians to go all out for their voter’s card and vote in only the most competent political leaders in the next general elections, adding that the country was bleeding.

“Structures don’t win elections. Casting of votes win elections. We should all cast our votes wisely, for the most competent persons and in doing so,we should forget ethnicity, religion, sex and tribe. The country is bleeding from insecurity, lack of power, unemployment and youths restiveness. Now, it’s time we all join hands and fix Nigeria”, he said.

Agbo who is Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, said that it was rather becoming funny to hear people talk about religion and political party structures ahead of the general elections, when the country was passing through trying times.
He said there were candidates capable enough to redeem the country from the present woes and Nigerians must get it right by giving their votes only to such candidates, irrespective of party, religion or tribe.
“I hear them say this man does not have structures. Do structures go to polling units to vote? It is Nigerians that vote,” the lawmaker said.
He asked citizens to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), to be registered and move to polling units closer to them, to be able to vote in the upcoming elections.
“Nigeria is bleeding. You must vote to save the country. They said they were coming to change everything from top to bottom and ended up destroying everything from top to bottom,” the legislator said.
Apparently criticising the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),
Agbo, who is of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commended DAÌLY ASSET and expressed confidence that it would continue to educate the public on the issues concerning the forthcoming general elections.

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On his part, Dr. Idris, Director General of the Federal Capital Emergency Management Agency urged media practitioners to delve more into investigative journalism, noting that journalists should interrogate government policies and action all the more. 

“Firstly, investment in the media industry by intellectuals will bring out the best in the country. Journalists should spend more time on investigative reporting, especially as it concerns government projects both at the states and federal levels. Any project that doesn’t address the needs of the people should be reviewed. The media really has to work strongly along that line. With this, the government at all levels will sit up and in the end, it benefits our country and the benefits are all ours,” he said. 

Barring his mind on the subject matter, Dr. Anaekwe, Director of Programmes at the African Independent Television, (AIT) also observed that Nigeria will get better with the right leadership, and not just with people with thirst for power. He applauded the management and staff of DAILY ASSET Newspaper for the roundtable, and urged them not to buckle in the face of challenges. 

The publisher of the newspaper, Dr. Akwaya thanked the guests for dissecting the theme: “The Media, National Economy, Politics and 2023 Elections,” with expertise and wisdom. He gave  glory to God for standing by the company through thick and thin.

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DAILY ASSET Newspaper hit the newsstand on June 12,2017 as a weekly Abuja-based tabloid and went daily on November 18,2018. The tabloid has remained consistent in newsstands  ever since, expanding its platforms to include a daily e-paper, circulated globally and a vibrant website.

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DAILY ASSET Holds Round Table to Mark 5th Anniversary




By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

The management of Asset Newspapers Limited (Publishers of DAILY ASSET) has released a programme for the celebration of the company’s fifth anniversary, having commenced operations on June 12, 2017.

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of the Newspaper company, Dr Cletus Akwaya, in a statement in Abuja at weekend, said the Management has decided to host a Round Table on “The Media, National Economy, Politics and 2023 Elections”.

It said frontline media experts, academics and professionals will participate at the Round Table, which objective is to bring into focus the role of the media in the management of the nation’s economy and politics in the 2023 election circle.

It said senior government officials and political gladiators have been invited for the event alongside traditional rulers and leading private sector players.

The event, according to the statement, will come up on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the prestigious NICON Luxury Hotel in the Central District of Abuja.

“Since its inception, DAILY ASSET has continued to make its mark in shaping public policy and interrogating government decisions and actions in the overall patriotic duty it has chosen for itself. This roundtable is in furtherance of that self assigned responsibility for the Nigerian people,” the statement said.

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Akwaya, who was former Commissioner of Information and until recently a frontline Governorship Aspirant in Benue State, said the Newspaper’s management chose to celebrate its Anniversary in a manner that would be beneficial to the people of Nigeria rather than the traditional format of merrymaking, which usually characterised such events.

He said the Newspaper had weathered the heavy storm and launched itself into the Mainstream of Nigeria media industry and was determined to continue to play its role in spite of the many challenges.

The statement said the Newspaper company wished to use the occasion to showcase its numerous achievements during the last five years and also reassure its various stakeholders of its readiness to march with greater confidence into the future.

DAILY ASSET hit the newsstands in June 12, 2017 as a national weekly tabloid published in Abuja, the nation’s capital and distributed nationwide.

The paper began daily circulation on November 19, 2018 and has remained on the newsstands ever since.

The paper has a robust online platform- and in addition to the printed version also issues an e-paper, which circulates to readers all over the World in the cyberspace.

The paper’s annual awards ceremony has become a must attend function of its kind by decision makers on account of its high quality organisation and success in the last five times it was organised.

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C’River NAWOJ Donates Food, Clothing to Afokang Correctional Centre




The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Cross River Wednesday donated food items, beverages and clothing to female inmates in Aforkang Correctional Centre, Calabar.

The association made the donation in collaboration with Stand up for Women Society (SWS) when the two groups visited the centre.
In a brief remark, the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs Umo Bassey, who led her members on the visit, said they were at the centre “to show love to those who feel neglected by society”.

Bassey, who also doubles as the Chairperson of SWS, appealed to the inmates to also share love among one another and see themselves as one big family.

“You have a bright future because God still sees and knows your plight and would ensure that you regain your freedom in due time,” she said.
Receiving the items, the Deputy Controller of Corrections at the centre, Anyamele Don, thanked NAWOJ and SWS for coming to identify with the female inmates.

Don expressed concern over the inadequate facilities at the centre to mee the needs of the inmates.
He said: “With at least 500 inmates, some barely have mattresses to sleep on.

“I call for more support and appeal to other groups and well-meaning individuals to emulate NAWOJ and SWS.”
Some of the inmates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, expressed joy over the gifts.

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They thanked NAWOJ and SWS for remembering them in their moment of agony. (NAN)

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