Change Mantra: Buhari Is Not Slow, Says VON Boss

Osita-Okechukwu-Buhari-VONThe Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has called for patience among the citizens as President Muhammadu Buhari leads the change campaign to transform Nigeria.

The VON boss told Channels Television on Thursday that the President was trying to follow the rule of the law to drive his administration.

He made the appeal during an interview where he explained the motive behind the recently launched national orientation programme, ‘Change Begins With Me’.

“If you have to follow the rule, it will be as if you are slow.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is not slow, (but) it is about following the rule of the law.

“We are saying in the fullness of time, the Nigerian people will come to realise what we are doing because transparency is on the door step,” he said.

A Better Result

Mr Okechukwu stated further that President Buhari was not biased in his war against corruption.

He expressed optimism that the present administration’s corruption fight would earn Nigeria a better result and called on Nigerians to support the campaign.

“The corruption fight is not one sided. Nobody could have probed Osita Okechukwu in Voice Of Nigeria, but you can now probe me.

“We are saying in the next few years, the money we’ll save will make better result than the big money we got in the past and wasted.

“We are saying please, we need citizens’ participation because if the citizens are not involved, we are wasting our time,” he said.

President Buhari had on Thursday, September 8, launched a new national orientation programme, Change Begins With Me.

He said that it was to show his administration’s determination to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody can be proud of.

The President said that the programme was the best way to sustain the effort his administration had made in the fight against corruption.

FG Disengages Heads Of NTA, FRCN, Other Information Parastatals

Lai-Mohammed-APCThe Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday.

According to a statement signed by SA to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister directed the disengaged Chief Executives to hand over to the most senior officials in their various establishments.

He thanked them for their service to the nation and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

The affected Chief Executives are the Directors-General of NTA, Mr Sola Omole, FRCN (Mr Ladan Salihu), VON (Mr Sam Worlu), NOA (Mr Mike Omeri), NBC (Mr Emeka Mba) and the Managing Director of NAN (Mr Ima Niboro).

Oronsaye Report: FG To Scrap NAPEP, Merge NAMA, NCAA, NIMET

Jonathan and OronsayeThe Federal Government has released the white paper on the report of the presidential committee on restructuring and rationalization of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies, rejecting most of the recommendations in the Steve Oronsaye report.

In the document released by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Federal Government rejected the recommendation to merge NTA, FRCN and VON.

It also rejected the recommendation to abolish the Federal Character Commission; privatization of FAAN; scrapping of the Ministry of Police Affairs, and re-introduction of tuition fees in federal universities, among others.

The accepted recommendations include: scrapping of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission; repealing of the national salaries, income and wages commission law; scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP; merger of Nigeria Airways Management Authority (NAMA), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET); and partial commercialization of NIPOST.

NUJ seeks editorial independence for NTA, FRCN and others

The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) has asked the national assembly to consider the review of the structure of ownership and control of public media houses in the on-going constitution amendment to give the organisations more editorial independence and make them more accountable to Nigerians.

Speaking at a dialogue of editors on the review of the 1999 Constitution, the president of the NUJ, Mr Muhammed Garba, stated that the review of the acts establishing these media houses have become imperative as there is a need to give them more editorial independence as well as make them more accountable to the Nigerian public and not the government.

The affected media organisations that will be affected with the review will be the Nigeria Television Authority, (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Others are the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) ACT

According to Mr Garba, parts of the Act that need change is the powers that allow the President to hire and fire in the various public media houses ,this he says will give the organisations more neutrality  in the job of discriminating information.

He also demanded a review of the laws on the establishment of media organisation in Nigeria, as he also sought for laws that will make provision for a better welfare for media practitioners.

FG Commissions Ultra Modern Voice Of Nigeria Mast

The vice president architect Namadi Sambo has commissioned the Voice of Nigeria’s (VON) ultramodern super transmitting station and its revolving antenna, located at Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja stating that the project is in line with Federal Government’s commitment to meet the 2015 global deadline for the digitisation of the broadcast industry and international best practices.

The  vice president who represented president Goodluck Jonathan at the occasion said that VON established in 1961, as an external arm of the then Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation was in recognition of the critical role the country was playing in freeing other African countries from the shackles of colonialism.

He charged the management and staff of VON to as a matter of priority develop programmes that would make the Radio station the choice of listeners in and outside the shores of Nigeria.

In his words,”You have the duty of helping to inculcate in all Nigerians abiding peace and pride in Nigeria and the knowledge that we all have a stake in ensuring that our strive towards sustained economic growth and development is not compromised by breaches of peace and security in any part of the country.”

In his remarks, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, called on President Jonathan to ensure the immediate completion of the second phase of the VON project. He also appealed for additional funds for the nation’s information sector for the smooth execution of government transformation agenda.

“With this commissioning , we will now have the most modern radio transmission station in Africa. We will be joining other five countries to claim ownership to this type of technology. The technology we have acquired will make it possible for the Voice of Nigeria to simultaneously broadcast signals to all parts of the world” said the minister.