The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle, on Thursday in Abuja urged workers in the agency to strive for excellence by enhancing their productivity.
Ponle made the plea at the opening ceremony of a workshop commissioned by the agency and conducted by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission(NSIWC) for NAN nodal officers.
The managing director, who assumed office on Sept. 1, 2020, said his administration remains committed to putting in place an enhanced welfare package for the agency’s workers.
” On assumption of office as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2020, I had embarked on a facility tour of the Abuja headquarters and subsequently the Lagos hub of our operations.
” Apart from the challenge of inadequate infrastructure facing the agency, one other deplorable finding was the poor salaries and inadequate allowances of staff when compared to the volume and nature of work being undertaken by our workers.
” Consequently, one of the first initiatives of management was to reinvigorate the machinery to fashion out the processes of putting in place a new condition of service and enhanced allowances for our workers.
” To do this, we had recourse to engage the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, the statutory body mandated to lead the process, and this exercise we are holding today is a testimonial to the sustained partnership between our management and the commission to address this lingering poor pay package of our members of staff,” he said.
Ponle said inspite of inadequate salaries and running cost, workers in the agency had been diligently and faithfully executing the mandate set out in the agency’s Act.
” With a monthly average of about 5,000 stories, 700 pictures, 100 videos and 50 audio clips transmitted to a diverse clientele made up of about 300 public and corporate subscribers, NAN has consistently remained the medium of choice.
” In 2020 alone, a whopping 61,319 stories were transmitted to our clients.
” If so much is being done inspite of the lean take-home pay of our workers, it is better imagined what the leap in productivity would be if our workers benefit from increased salaries and allowances,” Ponle said.
Mr Babatunde Oresanya, Head of Productivity, Prices and Incomes Department in NSIWC, commended the management of NAN for its initiative.
He pledged that the commission would partner with NAN in order to achieve its desire of higher productivity and improved welfare package.
Oresanya, however, urged the workers to be more proactive, identify production challenges and proffer solutions in order to boost service delivery.
Present at the forum were Mr Francis Nwosu, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Press Council, Mr Dele Ojo, the agency’s Director of Finance and Accounts and Mr Abdulhadi Khaliel, the Head of Administration and Human Resource Management.
Others were the Editor-in-Chief, Mr Silas Nwoha, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs Gbemisola Erinoso-Babalola, Director of Marketing, Meg Iroha, Deputy Director, Aaron Miller, and Head of Internal Audit Unit, Mr Amusa Manga. (NAN)