The workers in Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, ANPC, has been charged to assimilate more skills and personal development which will guide them to effective performance in the delivery of their duties and functions.The charge was delivered at a 3-day productivity workshop at the National Light Newspaper complex, Awka Anambra state with the theme “workplace Relationship, Workers’ Life and Productivity.
Addressing the teeming participants at the workshop, the Managing Director of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife said that the workshop was deemed fit to enable the workers acquire new skills that will aid their contributions towards the growth of the organization adding that the company uses the same opportunity to appreciate the vast contributions of the workers who have made significant positive impacts toward the growth of the company.
Sir Chuka attributed the successes recorded in his tenure as the MD of National Light to the zeal with which his subordinates discharge their duties disclosing that the company had garnered ten individual awards in a space of one year.
“There has never been any state owned newspaper that ran twenty weight years without a break but National light has done that. This year alone, we have had ten awards and two are on the way.
“The fact that we achieved the feat means we have staff. At least, those who are running this publication are making impact positively in the society. So, we need to find a way to appreciate them.
“We are not appreciating them with gold or silver but we thank them with skills that will help them perform better all round because we found out that the workers need to also know more about the job as we are turning the newspaper around to a modern newspaper. Most of them don’t know how a modern newspaper operates or have the skills that are requisite for new millennium newspapers. So here, we are talking about modern advertising and modern application in circulation of newspapers among others.
“We are working this newspaper to be multi-divergent media house so, we have to apply new knowledge through training and retraining if staff. Things are changing and we need to keep updating the skills of our reporters.
“The main goal of National Light newspaper for the past five years that I have been here have been to turn around the fortune of the newspaper. In the mind of the people, the newspaper is lackluster but within the last five years, the society have realized that it is the number one newspaper in the whole of southeast region.
National light has taken a new ambiance as there are gardens, seats, event centre facility center and others which ought to be available in a modern media house where you employ everything,” he concluded.
Delivering his address, the Honorable commissioner for Information and public enlightment Anambra state, Mr. C-Don Adinuba commended the Sir Chuka Nnabuife led management team for the remarkable changes witnessed in the company in the last one year while also praising the management for recognizing the value of human resources in the growth and development of organizations and the society.
The commissioner stressed that the most critical of the factors of production is human resources because without it, there won’t be progress adding that African Nations like Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo have tremendous natural resources but lacked the requisite human capital development and quality of human resources to harness the natural resources.
He enjoined leaders of various organizations to follow the foot steps of the governor Willie Obiano led administration in recognizing the tremendous value of motivating workers and ensuring that the workers discharge their duties with passion and happiness stating that organizations cannot grow if the members are not motivated.
Speaking on the State Expectation from Civil Service in a Commercially Competitive Parastatal, Barr. Harry Uduh described public service as those structures set up by government to help government deliver its mandate for good governance and well being of the people while also reminding workers of their institutional position within the parastatals inn the public service.
Barr. Harry who is the Head of Service Anambra state urged workers to realize their positions in the scheme of things stating that the rule of the public service applies to the workers. “Just like ignorant of the law is never an excuse in the court of law, if workers are ignorant of the rule of civil service they could be in trouble one day.
There are punishments for the misconducts in public service, each with its own gravity; including dismissal from service, reduction in rank, surcharge, written warning, suspension, etc. If you do your work without running foul of any of the misconducts, you will be an excellent worker.” He concluded.