He said that their present ac­com­mo­da­tion which is a bun­ga­low, is un­com­fort­able with­out a stan­dard news­room

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have ex­pressed wor­ries over the poor work­ing en­vi­ron­ment un­der which they cur­rently op­er­ate. A staff who spoke in con­fi­dence, lamented that the news­pa­per lacked a be­fit­ting of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion.

He said that their present ac­com­mo­da­tion which is a bun­ga­low, is un­com­fort­able with­out a stan­dard news­room.

An­other staff com­plained that many work­ing there are aux­il­iary staff/stringers and stressed the need for gov­ern­ment to of­fer them per­ma­nent ap­point­ments to mo­ti­vate them for bet­ter productivity.

He urged the gov­ern­ment to take the well-be­ing of work­ers para­mount, adding that some of the staff, in­clud­ing some ed­i­tors are be­ing owed months of salary.

The state gov­ern­ment has how­ever ex­pressed its de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment to­wards pro­vid­ing con­ducive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for work­ers.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Kogi State Bu­reau of In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices and Grass­roots Sen­si­ti­sa­tion, Mr Ab­dul­ma­lik Ab­dulka­rim, said the gov­er­nor has al­ready given an ap­proval for the con­struc­tion of a be­fit­ting of­fice.

He said that the gov­er­nor who paid an un­sched­uled visit to the news­pa­per out­fit re­cently ex­pressed dis­plea­sure with what he saw and pledged to give the place a facelift.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral said the pro­posed of­fice com­plex will have well-equipped stan­dard news room, con­fer­ence hall and of­fices for man­age­ment staff amongst oth­ers.

Mr Ab­dul­ma­lik said that in a bid to open new fron­tiers for the news­pa­per, plans were on to open of­fices in La­gos, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja as well as de­ploy cor­re­spon­dents to those states for cov­er­age.

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