Alhaji Biola Lawal, Acting Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria , says he will pay special attention to the welfare of workers so as to boost morale and enhance service delivery.
“The Agency can only achieve the desired excellence if the welfare of its personnel is given adequate attention. That will be my focus,” Lawal said on Wednesday in Abuja when the NAN chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), paid him a courtesy call.
The union leaders were led by the Chairman, Mr Martins Odeh.
The acting managing director, who assumed office on April 2, said that management was working hard to “gradually offset accumulated transport allowances owed staff of the Editorial Department”.
“The agency wants to settle all workers’ pending entitlements. Management will work hard to re-position NAN to its former glory.
“In NAN, we do not handle the welfare of staff with levity. The current harsh economic realities may have been responsible for the slow implementation of some of the welfare packages intended for the staff.
“In the past, a reporter had access to a reportorial car that he or she can use at any time of the day and still collect transport claims at the end of the month.
“We had truly enjoyed the agency. My desire is to bring back the good old days by improving on the well-being of our reporters and Editors who work day and night to achieve the mandate of sourcing, reporting and publishing stories from all over the world,’’ he said.
Lawal said that the union’s push for a new condition of service remained apt, pointing out that the one in use had outlived its purpose and, therefore, required to be reviewed.
Earlier, Odeh had congratulated Lawal on his new appointment and prayed God to give him the wisdom to administer the office with justice and equity.
Odeh said that the overall welfare of the union members across the country remained the singular focus of the body.
“As a union, we believe in industrial harmony; but we also believe that only prompt delivery of entitlements of members can guarantee the peace in the workplace,” he said.
Odeh urged management to intensify efforts toward actualising the implementation of the new condition of service so as to boost staff morale.
Edited By: Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Ajimobi’s widow preaches love, forgiveness
The widow of late former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Florence, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and sharing of love.
She made the call while playing host to a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo State on Saturday evening at her Oluyole residence in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation led by the council Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola, had visited to celebrate the Sallah with the family of the late former governor.
Ajimobi urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Sallah to forgive each other and review their lives, saying the greatest gift for anyone was to make eternity.
“Let’s show love to those we know and love. It is not enough to love them in our heart. Let’s us learn to forgive each other.
“The greatest gift anybody could give himself is to make eternity. What are you going to do after 70 years on earth? Eternity is forever. There is no end to it,” she said.
Ajimobi also counseled Nigerians to use the opportunity of her husband’s death to review their lives.
She expressed confidence that her husband lived a fulfilled life, saying she would forever be proud of him.
“My husband lived 70 years. 70 years of fulfilment, achievements and impact on many lives. Forever, I will be proud of him. I called him my hero. He is my hero and will forever be my hero.
“For me, he is never late and we shall live forever. He is a man I love, cherish and will forever be in my heart,” she said.
She described her late husband as her greatest supporter and strength, adding that, his death came as a mark of destiny.
“I don’t want to behave like an unbeliever because I know nothing happens without God’s input. We are all here one day and we are all going back one day.
“Nobody knows when death is going to come. I believe so much in destiny and I believe my husband’s time was up. He lived a fulfilled life.
“I am crying because I missed him. I missed everything about him. I miss his love, his advice. Having him around me was my strength. He was my greatest supporter.
“He thinks I am a strong woman but this time, I tell you I am not a strong woman. He used to give me all the strength I needed as a woman.
“So when I cried, not because he hasn’t achieved much, but because I missed so much about him,” she said.
She expressed the belief that that her late husband made heaven, adding it was her greatest consolation.
“What does it profit a man even if he lived up to 90 years and he can’t make heaven? Abiola Ajimobi made heaven and he is at peace with God. That is my greatest consolation.
“Whoever is begrudging Abiola Ajimobi, who else do you want to begrudge now? The man is dead. That peace you cannot make again. You cannot rectify it.
“I know whoever is not happy with him will feel that guilt forever because the opportunity to make up with him is gone.
” Life is short. Abiola Ajimobi has gone today, who is next? Nobody knows. It could be anybody,” she said.
Ajimobi, who said she shared the best 40 years of her life with the late former governor, expressed the family’s readiness to uphold his legacies.
“I am proud to share the best 40 years of my life with him. I know the journey ahead of me is a long one but with God on my side, it is achievable.
“I know God will sustain us, our family and his political family. God will give the family the strength to uphold his legacies and to continue the good work he has done.
“When I listen to all the good things people have to say about him, I am so pleased to have him as husband. I am proud to be his wife,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the NUJ for the visit, saying it gladdened her heart.
Ajimobi also prayed for the delegation, assuring it of the family’s support.
“For those of you that are here today, I say thank you from the depth of my heart. On behalf of my children and the entire family, I say thank you.
“What we are doing here today is to prove to the world that he lives on. My husband is not physically here but I know his spirit lives on.
“This is a trying period in my life, but your visit has further strengthened me. Thanks for the love. His political family has been so much supportive.
“I don’t know what we would have done without them. I want to reassure you that you can always count on this family for support.
“Abiola Ajimobi lives on in our hearts and the heart of his political family, Nigerians by extension, and for anybody that accepts him as somebody that came, saw and conquered,” she said.
Babalola, in his remarks, eulogised the late former governor for his legacies, praying Almighty God continue to strengthen the family.
NAN reports that the late Ajimobi’s family had distributed several rams, food items and cash to political associates as well as residents.
The family also hosted a forum to celebrate the Sallah which was attended by political associates and residents.
(Edited Benson Iziama/Mufutau Ojo)
Al-Hikmah VC pledges to reposition institution to high ranking school
The new vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Prof. Noah Yusuf has promised to reconstrust the institution as a model of good private participation in University education.
Yussuf made this promise while briefing the newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Ilorin on Tuesday, as the 5th Vice Chancellor of the University.
He said that he would make the school to be among high ranking Universities across the globe through its well articulated vision and philosophy.
The VC, however, said his vision for the university is to tap from the existing potentials through purposeful leadership.
Yusuf noted he was also poised to introduce innovations geared towards achieving results in areas where the university is currently experiencing challenges.
He added that his philosophy was to attain global best practices in all aspect of the university and lecturers shall be motivated to engage in effective lecture delivery and research to meet global standard geared towards producing well-discipline, industrious and patriotic graduates who shall be blessing to Nigerian nation.
Yusuf, the fifth Chancellor of the University, therefore, seek for the management support to achieve his vision and mission.
He said, ” I shall direct my immediate focus to consolidating the achievements recorded by my predecessors in office through dynamic, transparent, consultative and purposeful leadership.
” I must emphasise the fact that whoever wants to continue to build on the solid foundation these reputable and hardworking Vice Chancellors had laid must have a clear focus, vision and mission regarding what he wants his contributions to be.
“I shall tackle the current challenges of the University and explore ways of forging new areas of achievements and ground-breaking feats.
” With the current competitions among the ever-increasing Private Universities in Nigeria
” A University which must stand the test of time must introduce innovations and consult widely and appropriately, with critical stakeholders, among whom are the Proprietor, Board of Trustees, Governing Council and the Management, Senate, parents, staff and, even, students as well as people in the University’s immediate community
” I am glad to inform you that I come to Al-Hikmah University as its fifth Vice Chancellor with a clear focus and well formulated vision and mission statement, which is to pilot the affairs of Al-Hikmah University
” In such a manner that by the time I shall be completing my tenure, the University will not only rank among the best in Nigeria, it will also be among the high ranking universities across the globe
“How do I plan to do this? It is through well articulated vision and philosophy”, said the VC.
He added that, Al-hikmah University requires inflow of funds, grants for its capital and recurrent expenditures and as new vice-chancellor he would embark on another funding measures and strategies by establishing revenue-yielding programmes such as Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Public Administration (M.P.A), Post graduate Diploma and others to substitute existing source of funds.
He also said he would increase the revenue base of the university through establishing linkages with other national and international Universities and academic centres for partnership collaboration and project funding through his practical experience as former Director of centre for peace and strategic studies University of Ilorin.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Vice Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof Noah Yusuf.
COVID-19: NOA partners Nasarawa NUJ on sensitisation
National Orientation Agency (NOA), has reinstated commitment to partner the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on sensitisation on coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol.
According to the NOA director, the partnership became imperative owing to the increasing rate of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the state.
Gond-Alour noted that despite the efforts being made by government agencies including NOA, the media and other stakeholders toward sensitisation, so many people were still careless about preventive measures on the disease.
She said: “There is no better body to partner with at this critical time than the media to reach the people on the need to take responsibility for their lives.
“People should also take ownership of sensitising themselves on the use of face masks, regular washing of hands under running water, use of hand sanitiser, maintaining physical distancing, avoiding crowd among others.
“Taking ownership of the protocol outlined by the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) is the only way to contain the spread of the virus.
“The media is already doing a lot in this regard, but there is room for improvement so as to collectively contain the spread of the virus.”
The state director also commended organisations, groups and business premises that were enforcing adherence to COVID-19 protocol before they allowed access into their premises and advised others to emulate them.
Alkali noted that journalists had been at the frontline since the first case of the virus was reported in the country in February and would not relent in creating awareness.
He, therefore, called on the agency and other stakeholders not to hesitate to approach the union on other issues of national importance.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Dele Ojo appointed Director Overseeing NAN MD’s office
Mr Oladele Ojo, Director (Finance and Accounts), of the News Agency of Nigeria , has been appointed as Director Overseeing the Office of the Managing Director of the Agency.
Ojo’s appointment is contained in a letter signed by Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
The letter, dated July 27, said that Ojo, a Chattered Accountant and most senior director in the Agency, replaces Alhaji Biola Lawal, who retired on Tuesday, July 27.
It said that he would function in that capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Managing Director for the outfit.
Ojo, who joined the services of the agency in 1988, rose to the rank of a director in January 2019.
The Chattered Accountant also holds a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and a first degree in the same field from the Lagos State University.
Both degrees were obtained in 2007 and 2002 respectively.