FG sacks CEOs of own media outfits

Alhaji All Mohammad, the Minister of Information and Culture.

Alhaji All Mohammad, the Minister of Information and Culture.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the organisations in Abuja.

The Renaissance reports that six organisations under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture were affected.

They are News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

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 Managing Director of NAN, Ima Niboro; the Directors-General of NTA, Sola Omole; FRCN Ladan Salihu; VON Sam Worlu; NOA Mike Omeri and NBC Emeka Mba.

Mr Niboro confirmed the development, saying that he and his colleagues had been relieved of their appointments.

“The minister met with us at 9 a.m today to inform us of government’s decision to replace us.

”He said he wanted us to be the first to know so we don’t get to read it on the pages of newspapers,” Niboro said.

“We thank President Buhari and the minister for giving us the opportunity to serve the administration for the past eight months.

”Some of us knew the pressure, under which the government had been, to remove us.

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”So our removal this morning is understandable.

”I especially thank the minister for the gentlemanly manner he handled the whole matter.

”We are grateful and will continue to hold him in high esteem,” he said.

The Renaissance recalls that the chief executive officers of the federal government media outfits were appointed at various times by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

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