NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA Entertainment We’ll reposition NAN for greater height – MD

We’ll reposition NAN for greater height – MD

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By Perpetual Onuegbu

The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Ali Muhammad Ali, has reiterated his determination to reposition the agency to attain a greater height.

Ali said this at the 60th birthday anniversary and retirement party for a Deputy Director NAN Library, Mrs Liza Orakwe, in Abuja.

The managing director said he was poised to see a better version of NAN, beginning with operations and then to the welfare of staff.

He also said that the management was working towards making the working environment conducive to guarantee improved productivity.

“I want to see a better version of NAN. There will be a retreat for management of NAN as part of efforts to reposition the agency for the future; we will eventually extend the transformation to the zonal offices.

“We also intend to organise a retreat for the general staff but because of logistic reasons, we will postpone the one for the general staff.

“Next year, things will change positively. And I want staff members to be part of this history,” he said.

Ali said that there was the need to move forward by putting the negative events of 2023 behind and move with 2024, since there was a new dawn in the agency.

“The multimedia unit was asking me what my New Year resolution will be, but I told them that New Year resolution is only made when you know that you are doing things in the wrong way.

“I will rather work towards a better me and in extension a better NAN in 2024 to enable us leave behind all that happened in 2023 and forge ahead into the new year.

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“Concerning welfare, we will make sure the staff members get something for the festive season,” he said.

The MD, while congratulating the retired deputy director, said she exhibited a high level of professionalism within the short period they interacted.

He described Orakwe as a reliable and committed officer, who offered her best to NAN while in service.

“The fact that colleagues are celebrating you like this speaks volumes of the kind of impactful life you lived while working in NAN.

“I celebrate you and wish you the best in life,” he said.

Ali said that as a Deputy Director, NAN Library, Orakwe impacted members of staff through her services.

The MD, therefore, advised journalists to seek more knowledge through research and learning.

Ali also urged reporters to be wary of fake news that emanates from even credible quarters because of technological advancement.

“We should be careful of social media because there is much false news going around.

“In 2010, I was one of the persons that used a story from NAN in my former place of work, which was later discovered that the NAN portal was cloned; so we should be very careful because of technology,” he said.

He said that there was the need to scrutinise and filter information before publishing.

Also speaking, the Editor-In-Chief (EIC), Mr Ephraims Sheyin, congratulated Orakwe for attaining her retirement age, describing her as a dedicated leader who had impacted positively on everyone that passed through her.

Sheyin urged other members of staff to emulate Orakwe’s commitment to service, stressing that she had put in her best to ensure the success and growth of her unit and the agency in general.

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He described her as a practical person with the capacity to call a spade a spade.

The EIC lauded Orakwe’s capacity to deliver on crucial assignments and wished her well in her future endeavours.

Earlier, other members of staff showered encomium on the retiring officer who according to them exhibited humility and hardwork in the discharge of her duty.

Responding, Orakwe commended the management for the kind gesture and for also giving her the opportunity to serve and excel while in service.

She encouraged other members of staff to always put in their best and be disciplined when discharging their duties.

“Today, as I bow out of service, I am happy that I am retiring in good health. I want to appreciate your cooperation and support to succeed in my unit.

“I thank you all for the expression of kindness and love. I thank you for your prayers,” she said. (NAN)(

Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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