Kogi information commissioner Directs Graphic newspaper to Commence publication of a Unity Magazine.

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—- charges kogi Radio on development of Youth-friendly Contents.

The kogi state commissioner of Information and Communication, Hon Kingsley Olorunfemi Fanwo, has directed Graphic newspapers to Commence the publication of a Unity Magazine, noting that this efforts is to reposition the Graphic newspaper for optimal performance.

In the statement by Rotimi Odofin, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ministry Of Information and Communication, Hon Fanwo explained that the additional four-page Magazine will cater for Kogi indigenous languages which is aimed at enriching the paper and protecting the cultural heritage of the people.

“The Unity Magazine is designed to provide in-depth analysis and review on the major news and contents of the Graphic newspapers in four local languages in the state.

The Commissioner also disclosed that The e-copies of The Graphic would be part of the regular features of the state website.

In his words, “I want to thank you specially for your hardwork and cooperation over the months that we have worked together. We wouldn’t have achieved all we did without your cooperation.

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“But despite being the best state-owned newspaper in Nigeria, we want to be better by far. We won’t be tired of introducing more innovations to keep us at the top of the business in Nigeria.

“The Marketing Department should do more by getting more adverts to sustain production as we are looking at ways of ensuring we do not become a cost centre for government”.

Fanwo assured the Management and staff of The Graphic of better days ahead, saying the Governor is committed to promoting information dissemination in the State

Similarly, the Commissioner has equally charged the management and staff of Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation to come up with contents and programmes that are youth-friendly and development-based that will boost the revenue base of the state-owned radio station.

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Hon Fanwo gave the charge on Monday during an interactive meeting with the Management and staff of the corporation in Lokoja, the state capital.

Fanwo at the meeting, stated that he would continue to put the state radio station on its toes through regular strategic meetings to ensure discipline amongst the staff and overall effective performance of the Radio station.

Hon Fanwo emphasized that henceforth, staff would be rated for their performance based on dedication and output especially in areas of revenue drive in the commercial department of the station.

The Commissioner who acknowledged the efforts of the staff in putting in their best despite some of the noticeable challenges, pledged to champion the drive to ensure the upgrading of electricity infrastructure for the radio station.

He Stressed the need to meet with the management of AEDC to ensure power supply of at least, twenty hours daily to increase the airtime, saying that efforts would be made to connect all the state-owned radio stations to 33KVA transformers.

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While responding to the Commissioner’s charge, the Director General of the radio corporation, Alhaji Ojo Oyila promised that the radio Programme contents would receive speedy attention and more airtime would be allocated to youth oriented programmes, especially sports.

He used the opportunity to request for operational vehicles for the station including the commercial department to be able to move round for advertisement drive.

Some staff of the corporation also strongly requested for the restoration of their weigh-in allowance which has been suspended for many years.

The Secretary to the corporation, Mallam Suleiman Ibrahim appealled to the Commissioner to use his good Office to address the lingering issue of staff promotion as an avenue to motivation the staff.




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