Ukah receives career progression report for Pointer newspaper
It is almost sweet relief for journalists plying their trade with Delta Printing and Publishing Company Limited (DPPCL), publishers of The Pointer newspapers titles, as the lingering administrative crisis that had rocked management will soon be behind them. Last week Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, received the final report of the Committee on Career progression.
While receiving the report in the presence of Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, who was represented by Mr. Patrick Ojeblenu, Ukah said, “The unfortunate scenario has exposed the negligence and nonchalance of government officers thereby throwing the system into jeopardy,” just as he commended members of the committee, headed by the Chairman and Director of Administration, Ministry of Health, Mr. Nwodi Iloba, “For the painstaking efforts despite the demands of their numerous engagements,” stressing, “the recommendations of the team to ensure lasting solutions to the lingering crisis as contained in the report would be considered.
“There has been deliberate synergy between the Head of Service who is the custodian of the policies guiding the state’s civil service and the Ministry of Information, as an accord has been reached and awaiting ratification from the state government.
“We will do everything possible before the end of this administration to ensure that a permanent solution to these problems is put in place. Good a thing that the former general manager has just completed his tenure and the company is presently in a transition period. Before the next general manager will resume office as the process of selection is ongoing, the proper conditions of service as stated in the statutes of the state will be in place and thoroughly implemented.
“As far as the Ministry of Information and the Head of Service are concerned, we have been able to reach an accord and we are currently awaiting the governor’s ratification. We assure you that by the time we come out with this White Paper and by the time the new general manager resumes, we will have a newspaper that every Deltan will be proud of.”
Earlier in his brief, Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, said the committee was set up to proffer lasting solutions to the issues of career progression in the state’s print media outlet, adding that the matter had resulted in crisis in the parastatal of the ministry.
According to Osahor, the committee was established in the wisdom of the Commissioner for Information and the Head of Service so that employees of DPPCL would realise their positions in the corporate hierarchy, stressing that the mandate of the committee was to ensure sanity in the system.In the same vein, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Nwodi Iloba, said the body was constituted and inaugurated in May 2017, adding that its membership commenced work in earnest, as he prayed that its efforts as reflected in the recommendations presented would be found worthy.