Lagos, June 14. 2019 Mr Idris Abdulrahman, the Acting Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria , has urged members of staff to collaborate with management and generate ideas that will develop the agency.
Abdulrahman spoke on Friday in Lagos at the first interactive meeting with members of staff over the state of the agency.
“NAN needs ideas to continue to develop because nobody has monopoly of it and with the support of workers, the agency will meet its objectives.’’
He said that the management was aware of workers welfare challenges and would endeavour to solve them gradually as soon there was enough funds.
“Workers welfare is our priority but the agency is going through a rough time. But we will tackle some that is within the limited resources,’’ he said.
The acting managing director said that the management would tackle issues of non-payment of reporters’ allowances and other financial issues to encourage the workers to be more committed to their work.
He advised the deputy editor-in-chiefs to provide good mentorship to younger colleagues to sustain the credibility and reputation of the agency.
He expressed regret that the working condition of workers had dwindled but gave the assurance that efforts would be made to resuscitate it.
Abdulrahman further advised members of the union to be organised, unite and speak with one voice in their quest to improve the working condition of the agency.
He said that the last protest by the union was done in the interest of the agency and promised that the management would work with the unions for the peace and growth of the organisation.
Some of the contending issues raised by the workers include employment of drivers as casuals, non-payment of promotion arrears, non-payment of reporters allowance and dilapidated office structure.