By: Valentine Adese,
The people of Plateau state have started raising concerns over the long pending renovation of the 9 story office structure owned by the state’s own Newspaper Company, “The Nigerian Standard” that is allegedly now falling apart.
In the course of investigations, REALITY gathered that members of the public are still surprised over that development, as the edifice is steadily running down in value.
You would recall that the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration led by Sen. Jonah Jang, had allegedly told the world especially Plateau state people that he has put various things in motion towards renovation of the edifice.
Deep into the investigation, REALITY found that the edifice has not been able to generate money for the Newspaper Company in the last 3 years of the APC administration in the state owing to the fact that there are no tenants.
Secondly, The Standard Newspaper Company is been ran by an interim General Manager (GM) in the past 3 years under review.
Investigation shows that the Acting GM, Mrs. Yankat Wannang, has continued to avoid meetings with the Newspaper’s Editorial Team.
You would recall that Mrs. Yankat was a former Director in the Ministry of Information before her appointment to be the Acting GM of the Newspaper Company.
However, there are strong indications that The Nigerian Standard Newspaper’s Head-office in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, may soon be shut down by aggrieved casual staff of the establishment, numbering over 30, owing to unpaid 14 months salaries.
The casual staff according to REALITY findings include, the Security guards, the Gardeners, and Technical-support staff of the Newspaper Company, that have been rated, “As most active in the businesses of the Company.”
Although REALITY investigation has revealed that the main staff of the Newspaper Company, owned by the Plateau State Government, have been receiving their salaries, as at when due and that their promotions have been brought up to date, within the 14 months under review, by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Governor Simon Bako Lalong in the state, the reason(s) for the non-payment of the over 30 casual staff has remained a mystery and unknown to concerned Plateau people and media practitioners in the state.
The investigation also revealed that, some of the established sources of revenue that has assisted in running the company’s businesses for years have either gone comatose or not properly manned to generate expected revenue for the company within the same period under review.
As at the time of writing this report, the compound of the Newspaper Company has been left on kept by the casual workers thereby, allowing grasses to grow in and outside the premises.
TO BE CONTINUED!