By Emmanuel Acha
The Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Silas Nwoha says the current management of the agency is on a mission to reposition it for greater efficiency.
Nwoha disclosed this in a goodwill message during the South East zonal editorial meeting of the agency on Monday.
The Editor-in-Chief, who was represented by the South East Zonal Manager of NAN, Mrs Maureen Atuonwu, said that the agency was poised for greater heights in spite of obvious challenges.
He said that it was gratifying that things were gradually taking turn for good in NAN since the appointment of Mr Buki Ponle as the Managing Director.
“This gathering is in line with the vision of the new management of NAN to take our destiny in our hands and re-position it to meet its set objectives.
“We are not unaware that things have not been the way they should. However, our new Managing Director, Mr Ponle, has assured us repeatedly that he is on a mission to salvage NAN.
“We should give him every support to achieve the goal,” he said.
Nwoha said that operations of the editorial department had been re-energised leading to improvement of the rating of NAN.
“This development is due to the renewed commitment of all of you to make NAN excel. We have not yet reached the promised land but we will get there,” Nwoha said.
In an address of welcome, Atuonwu said that the meeting was a deliberate effort by the management of the agency to improve the efficiency of reporters.
The zonal manager commended members of staff in the zone for their commitments to the growth of NAN in spite of the harsh work environment they faced on daily basis.
She solicited the support of staffers to enable management achieve its vision of repositioning NAN, adding that indiscipline would no longer be tolerated.
“I know that we work under a very uncomfortable and perilous environment but I appeal to us to do our best,’ she said.
On the 2021 governorship election in Anambra, the zonal manager appealed to NAN staff in the state to give all candidates and political parties equal coverage.
She also warned against being entangled in unbalanced reports and unprofessional conducts.
Atuonwu congratulated Ponle and Nwoha for their recent appointments as managing director and editor-in-chief respectively and pledged the loyalty of staffers in the zone.
The meeting was attended by staffers from the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo in the region. (NAN)