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
5G might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage” – NSA
The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has expressed its fear with the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in the country.
Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA who appeared before the senate committee on communications on Thursday February 25, said they are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment, which according to him might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.”
Fakandu also asked the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in the country.
“We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment.
“That is one of the key concerns we have and this will make the infrastructure highly susceptible to eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.
“We understand these are things that will be put in place particularly in the policy the minister has talked about.
“I need to emphasise it so that the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry will understand where we are coming from because the national security concerns is the concern of the office of the national security adviser and of the president as well.”
WTO: The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP) Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), Rt. Hon. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, has congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her recent appointment as the DG of WTO.
The Speaker who took to his Twitter handle said;
“@NOIweala Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), heartily, felicitates with You on your appointment as the DG of WTO. It’s an appointment well deserved! Ndigbo Youths, worldwide, are proud of you! Continue to soar higher as we pray for more feathers on your highly feathered cap!
Addressing the press, after his tweet, Rikki Nwajiofor praised Ngozi okonjo-iweala for her outstanding personality and unequalled performances in all her careers and appointments. He addressed her as the doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.
— Ndigbo Youth Parliament – NYP (@ndigboyouth) February 19, 2021
“We, Ndigbo Youth Parliament and Ndigbo at large are proud of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She has always done us proud right from her days in the world bank, down to Nigeria as the Finance Minister and now the DG of World Trade Organization – WTO.
“She has broken the records as the first woman and the first African to attain that prestigious position. It is not a height attained by a sudden flight, it’s a height attained by unparalleled track records of all her outstanding performances in her career and appointments.
“She is simply a doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality, an exceptional woman of valour, a trailblazer and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.
Rikki Nwajiofor also appreciated President Buhari for the unflinching support he gave Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of selection. He said that this singular act of support has demonstrated that Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.
“I thank all those who supported our doyenne – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of the selection. I appreciate, in a special way, President Buhari for lending his unalloyed support to the prestigious daughter of Ndigbo during the period of selection.
“This singular act of unalloyed support to our doyenne has demonstrated that President Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.
“I also want to use this opportunity to plead with President Buhari to consider more of patriotic Ndigbo personalities, especially Ndigbo Youth, as he makes further appointments in his government. Ndigbo are resourceful personalities and will always strive to prove their worth and ingenuity when given the opportunity”, he said.
A single “YES” can obliterate the effects of a thousand “NO”- Rt. Hon. Rikki Nwajiofor, Cmi.
“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
— William James.
One of the facts about life is that “depression is real”. Most times, depression doesn’t set in as a result of poverty or not having enough. There are so many happy and joyous poor people around the world.
Depression creeps in, most times, as a result of discouragement orchestrated by unsuccessful plans/ideas/projects/goals/proposals.
Whenever one is demoralized, the walls of optimism are shattered as sadness and melancholy are activated. The activated sad mood breeds inner-insecurity, which leads to depression. As it were, the presence of depression gives no room for any creative ideas or development neither does it allow positive energy to thrive. Success is attracted by positive energy and optimism.
Thus, do your best to shut the door against depression and its siblings – discouragement and inner-insecurity. Open your doors to optimism and positive energy. When your requests meet with “NO”, never be discouraged. Continue, resiliently, because the “YES” you seek for might just be some meters away. A single “YES” can obliterate the effects of a thousand “NO”.
Keep pushing, there is light at the end of the tunnel. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”, says Albert Einstein. Success is sure, for those with strong willpower!
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
— Stephen Covey.
#Be Optimistic & Resilient!
#Believe in Yourself & Your God!
#Be Safe & Cautious!
Rt. Hon. Rikki Nwajiofor, Cmi.
Speaker, Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP).
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