By Jacinta Nwachukwu
The Association of Senior Executives of Statutory and State-Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) has expressed its readiness to partner with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to improve staff welfare.
The Chairman General of SSASCGOC, Mr. Kayode Alakija made this known during a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of NAN, Mr. Buki Ponle at his office in Abuja on Wednesday.
Alakija also urged the management to work with other sister organizations to fight for “media pay”, as it would increase staff salaries and give them a better life.
According to him, the purpose of visiting NAN is to identify with the agency and see how to partner with it to solve one or two problems identified in the agency.
“We are here to identify with you and also to tell you that we have heard of the good work you are doing.
“We are ready to partner with you to move the agency forward.
“When we were elected, we felt it was our duty to go around the organizations and meet with the general managers of the different branches.
“We do this to remind ourselves of how we can improve the lot of agencies,” Alakija said.
In his response, Ponle appreciated SSASCGOC officials, saying his priority was to ensure the welfare of staff.
He further explained that the management has made efforts to improve the welfare of the staff, although the desired goal has not yet been achieved.
“When I took office in September 2020, my first priority was their welfare. Prior to this, senior managers had pursued the project to improve the well-being of workers.
“But we didn’t succeed, so I have to strike from there; and we will do everything to achieve that.
“When we talk about salary, it has always been a point of reference.
“We want the unions to come together and dialogue with the government on how we can review our wages periodically to reflect economic realities,” the NAN MD said.
Ponle said: “Unionism is highly valued because we believe we are partners in progress.
“I am proud to say that we have moved the agency forward in terms of the well-being of our colleagues.
“We really strive because we know what we’re getting in terms of allocation.” (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore