By Haruna G. Suleiman
That fake report on who becomes Editor-in-Chief of NAN
On Wednesday evening, a fake report was published by “Whirlwind News”, an online medium, with the title: “Rumble in NAN: Staff kick over move to replace Igbo with northerner as Editor-in-Chief”.
In the report, it was alleged that a move to “hoist” a northerner as Editor-in-Chief of NAN was threatening to disrupt operations of the organisation.
The report claimed that staff were resisting the move.
It said that petitions were already flying with some going to the information ministry and workers threatening a show down if a “Hausa man” was given the job.
It also alleged that “a Yoruba man, who is the MD” has reneged on his earlier position supporting the Igboman.
Ordinary, we should not worry about such a useless report because no one was quoted and no effort was even made to balance the fraudulent claims, but as a union, we believe it is necessary to react so that no one will be misled by the lies.
There are four unions in NAN – AUPTRE, NUJ, RATAWU and SASSCO -. So, the first thing we all did was to find out whether any of the unions gave the story. We found that no one did.
We also sought to find out whether anyone was approached for any interview on the story. There, too, we found that no one was approached. We concluded, thereafter, that the story is simply a figment of its writers` imagination with the sole goal of deceiving readers into thinking that there was a succession crisis in NAN.
What we know is that the current Editor-in-Chief will retire later this month. We also know that an examination was conducted for those qualified and the board has not announced anyone yet. But what is certain is that two deputy directors were promoted to directors. We are told that It is from these two that the EIC will emerge.
But we are surprised that more than two weeks before the retirement of the incumbent, reports are being circulated as to who is the favourite though we are aware that of the six that sat the exams, the first and second were promoted.
We are told that some people have written petitions to the board. Some have gone to the minister. We believe that people have the right to complain. As unions, we have no reason to interfere in this because that is not part of our mandate. We believe that such interference is not even in the best interest of our members because the issue affects the bosses who belong to the unions.
Interfering in the matter will be complicated because we are supposed to strive to protect the interest of everyone. So, who shall we support in this matter without hurting our mandate of protecting every member’s interest?
We have discussed this issue extensively at our meetings and even took the matter to the MD who told us that the matter was already before the ministry. We have also tried to shoot down efforts to introduce tribal, regional and tribal dimensions to the matter and have satisfactorily tried to educate each other on the dangers of allowing such sentiments to creep into the issue.
As workers in a federal government agency, we are supposed to be promoting unity and not the other way round.
Clearly, the fake story was planted by desperate people who, perhaps, found that they had no case when they took their complaints to the ministry or board.
They may have, thus, decided to bring sentiments into the matter, hence their resort to “Igbo” and “Hausa” to whip up dangerous sentiments and breed confusion.
We want to state categorically that no union in NAN is considering a strike over the issue of EIC or any other issue for that matter. The story is fake and should be ignored.
Management should investigate the source of this story and treat its authors and sponsors as saboteurs deserving sanctions that could include sack for trying to cause industrial disharmony and tribal war in a peaceful organisation like NAN.
Finally, we want the “story” to be seen and treated as what it is – a fake information planted by desperate individuals seeking to deploy dangerous statements to get what they do not deserve. To such people, our message is clear – the NAN unions are only committed to improved working conditions and are not available to be used for selfish interest.
Haruna G. Suleiman is a labour leader and Chairman of AUPCTRE Union in NAN
NYCN extols Gov. Bello for support to youths
By Gistflash News
Aug 19, 2021
The Forum of 36 States/Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chairmen of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has extolled the leadership qualities of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in his support for youths in the country.
This was contained in a communique of the forum issued in Lafia, on er a meeting held in Lafia, on Thursday and made available to newsmen.
The communique was signed by Mr Okorie Kenneth, Mr Ogunmolawa Mathew, Mr Auwalu Mohammed, and Mr Idris Ojoko,NYCN Chairmen Delta, Ondo, Kano and Nasarwa Councils, respectively.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that , the meeting was the final activity of a two-day National Leadership Summit held recently with the theme “Peace and Security.”
The summit was organised by the forum to discuss the roles of youths in promoting peace and security in the country.
According to the communique, ” the Forum extolled Bello for all his developmental and human capital strides, especially towards youths in Kogi state and the country at large.”
The NYCN further praised the governor for appointing all 21 local youth council coordinators as secretaries to their respective local governments in the state.
He has provided vehicles for the running of the youth councils in the local governments in the state.
“The forum also appreciated the Kogi state governor for appointing competent young persons across the 36 states of the federation as his Aides,” the communique added.
The Forum then enjoined other governors, ministers, heads of government agencies, boards and parastatals, as well as non-governmental organizations to emulate Bello’s exemplary leadership towards the youths in the country.
“Adequate attention and necessary support to this integral part of the society like Governor Yahaya Bello has done remains one of the prerequisites to addressing insecurity in the country,” the forum added.
It commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and urged him to sustain the unrelenting efforts of the federal government in ensuring the unity of Nigeria and that lives and properties of Nigerians are protected.
Anglican Church releases statement after a Church Priest kissed 3 female students of St. Monica College
The Anglican Church has reacted to the viral video of one of its priests kissing 3 girls on the mouth.
The girls, who are students of St. Monica College of Education in Ghana, seemed uncomfortable but had to oblige as their priest kissed them on the altar, in front of the entire congregation.
The priest has now been identified as Most Rev’d Dr Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith.
The Anglican Church said that it is “saddened” by the priest’s action and investigation is underway. The Church added that the “Priest would be dealt with in accordance with the norms and values of the Anglican Communion where morality is extremely revered in the Church.”
The statement adds that efforts are being made to “engage the students through counselling sessions to avert any psychological issues that may arise as a result of the viral video”.
See the statement below…
National Library boss highlights gains of ISBN online registration
By Gistflash News
July 22, 2021
The Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Prof. Lenrie Aina, has advised publishers to embrace online registration of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
Aina made the call on Thursday in Enugu, while addressing participants at a workshop for publishers from Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu.
He said the two-day workshop was designed to train and guide publishers on how to obtain ISBN online.
According to him, it is an innovation by NLN to make the process of obtaining the number less cumbersome and stressful.
“We want to use the event to reawaken their consciousness.
“We also want to refresh their memories on the advantages of compliance with legal deposits obligations, observance of the international standards for publishing and the disadvantages of non-compliance,” Aina said.
He further said a review of the handbook on legal deposit and publishing standards would highlight the key point presented as information to publishers and authors.
Also, the Head of Enugu branch of NLN, Mrs Rachael Nebo, said the workshop was organised to sensitise publishers, authors, researchers, librarians and other stakeholders on best international standards.
Nebo described this year’s event as unique with the National Library going digital.
“As the world has gone digital, we are joining on what is happening so that it can be easier for the publishers to obtain ISBN from the comfort of their homes.
“We also gather here to discuss issues relating to adherence to publishing standard aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of the nation,” she said.
Nebo said the workshop had been rewarding since it was introduced in Enugu in 2017, considering the increase in ISBN registration.
She said the 2021 NLN workshop, which started in Katsina State, had taken place in six zones with their catchment states.
“We have eight zones mapped out for this sensitisation and participants are drawn from them.
“They will be taught and trained on the use of the newly deployed ISNB Processing App,” she further said.
In a goodwill message, the National President, Nigeria Publishers Association, Mr Uchenna Anioke, advised that the registration be made both manual and online.
According to him, the adoption of dual application is necessary due to the nature of the internet network in the country.
“Banks, for example, sometimes will tell you there is no network or you experience situations where the ATM does not work.
“We do not want publishers to experience the same old stress trying to register online,” he said.
He commended NLN for organising the programme and urged the participants to take the lectures seriously.
A publisher, Mr Kenneth Chukwu, said the online application would be beneficial to them and thanked the Chief Librarian and NLN for the initiative.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that day one of the workshop dwelt on a review of legal deposit handbook, while day two was a demonstration of the online ISBN application.
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