VISITS TO KADUNA ZONAL OFFICE
- August 31, 2016
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VISITS TO KADUNA ZONAL OFFICE
by Ekanem Antia
The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Mall. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, as part of his visits to the Commissions Zonal offices, recently visited the Kaduna Zonal office of the Commission.
On hand to receive the DG, was the Zonal Director, Kaduna Zone, Mall. Mohammed Nanu, and staff of the Zonal office, including State officers from within the Zone.
In his welcome address, the ZD, Kaduna Zone, on behalf of the staff, expressed appreciation for the visit and congratulated the DG on his appointment. He prayed for his success and pledged their loyalty and commitment to the progress of the Commission. The ZD seized the opportunity of the visit to enumerate some of the key achievements of the Zone, and also pointed out the challenges faced in the course of carrying out their duties. Mall. Nanu, further listed some of the basic needs of the Zone, which, he said, if provided, would boost the performance of the staff.
Responding, the Director General, expressed his pleasure for the reception accorded him. He was, particularly, delighted by the office structure, stating further that ownership of every building housing the Commission in all locations would help infuse institutional presence all over Nigeria in a manner that will “befit our professional calling as a regulatory institution.”
The DG admitted that the Commission’s mandate was very challenging, especially the monitoring aspect, “to the extent that we are having to monitor in a very challenging period in our National evolution.” He pointed out that, where there is politics, there is bound to be all kinds of clashes of ideas and opinions. Stating further that, “a lot of times these engagements take place within the context of broadcasting.”
He advised that no matter how hot the monitoring environment was, the Zone’s response was to be able to meet hot with cold so that “we can get a warmer attitude from the broadcasting institutions.”
The DG, commended the staff for the positives that has come out of the Zone and implored them to keep doing more. “We have to build an institution that is able to make people do their work in a professional, ethical, and also patriotic manner,” he stressed.
He stated further that, the Commission must have broadcasting organisations in Nigeria, broadcast within the confines of the laws, as set out in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
He acknowledged the challenges faced by the Zone, and stated that he is a problem solving DG. Adding that, as an institution, “we must at all times be on our toes to be able to solve those problems facing the outlining areas of our institutions so that the work can be done in a collective manner.” He promised to collate every single complaint coming from all Zonal offices and call for a management meeting, exclusively, to address those issues “because, if we do not do our own part, we cannot blame you for not doing your part of the business,” he noted.
The DG assured the staff of his intent to improve on staff welfare. “I come from a trade Union background. So I am very committed to staff welfare because I think that every situation is good or bad on the basis of the way it treats working people.” He, however, requested the staff to show a sense of responsibility, professionalism, commitment, patriotic labour, and very high ethical standard.
The DG, again, expressed his appreciation for the reception accorded him, and pointed out that he liked to be challenged, in terms of ideas. He said that he was opened to ideas that would help move the Commission forward.
The visit ended with a tour of the office structure.
The DG was accompanied to the Zonal Office by the Director, DG’s Office, Dr. Armstrong Idachaba and Director, Human Resource and Administration, Mall. Faruk Salah.
The Zonal visits has so far taken the Director General to the Jos, Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Benin Zones as well as the Ilorin State office.