HQ build­ing poses new chal­lenge

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

The re­cent com­ple­tion of Me­dia Trust Limited’s gleam­ing 6-storey head­quar­ters build­ing at Utako and the move­ment of all de­part­ments into it is a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark in the com­pany’s de­vel­op­ment but it also poses new chal­lenges, Chair­man/ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the com­pany Malam Kabiru Yusuf said in Abuja last night. He spoke at the An­nual Din­ner for Long Ser­vice, Ex­cel­lence and In­tegrity Awards.

The chair­man said while the man­age­ment and all the staff are happy to be work­ing in a con­ducive new en­vi­ron­ment that the new head­quar­ters build­ing af­fords, they must not take it as a sign that the com­pany “has ar­rived there” but must reded­i­cate them­selves and work even harder to con­sol­i­date on the gains made. Main­te­nance costs in­creased greatly with the move­ment into the new build­ing, he said.

Yusuf also said while Me­dia Trust’s news­pa­pers are also among the top three or four in the coun­try, the com­pany’s goal is to pro­duce world-class news­pa­pers. He said the com­pany re­cently re­cruited new staffers na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally “be­cause we do not be­lieve that the cur­rent staff or even the top man­age­ment has all the skills and com­pe­ten­cies that are re­quired to take the com­pany to where we want it to be.”

He con­grat­u­lated the win­ners of the awards in var­i­ous cat­e­gories and said the com­pany will con­tinue to re­ward ex­cel­lence and in­tegrity, both of which are among its core val­ues. It will also re­ward staffers who put in ten or more years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to the com­pany. Two staffers, Sal­ihu Mak­era of Aminiya news­pa­per and Sal­isu Dabo of the Mar­ket­ing Depart­ment won the Chair­man’s In­tegrity awards which carry a cash prize of N250,000. The ex­cel­lence awards went to Daily Trust’s Yobe State cor­re­spon­dent Kabiru Matazu and Charles Mere of Ad­verts Depart­ment, La­gos. One staff mem­ber won an award for 15 years’ ser­vice while ten oth­ers won awards for ten years’ ser­vice to the com­pany.

Re­cip­i­ent of 10 years Long Ser­vice award, Ha­jiya Safiya Dan­tiye (right) be­ing pre­sented with her prize by the Deputy Edi­tor-in-Chief, Me­dia Trust Limited, Mah­mud Jega, dur­ing the com­pany’s Long Ser­vice and Merit Award in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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Re­cip­i­ent of the Chair­man’s Ex­cel­lence award, Charles Mere (right) be­ing pre­sented with his prize by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Ishaq Aji­bola, dur­ing the Me­dia Trust Limited Long Ser­vice and Merit Award in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Re­cip­i­ent of In­tegrity award, Sal­ihu Dabo (right), be­ing pre­sented with his prize by the Chair­man, Me­dia Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, dur­ing the com­pany’s Long Ser­vice and Merit Award in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Re­cip­i­ent of the Chair­man’s Ex­cel­lence award, Hamisu Matazu (right) be­ing pre­sented with his prize by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Ishaq Aji­bola, dur­ing the Me­dia Trust Limited Long Ser­vice and Merit Award in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Re­cip­i­ent of In­tegrity award, Sal­ihu Mak­era, (right) be­ing pre­sented with his prize by the Chair­man, Me­dia Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, dur­ing the com­pany’s Long Ser­vice and Merit Award in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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