By Abuchi Onwumelu
Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), in conjunction with At Peace Centre Limited, has organized a 3-day Productivity Orientation Workshop for its workforce, especially the editorial and non-editorial staff of Anambra-owned Newspaper, National Light.
ANPC’s Management and staff during the workshop marked the 28th Year Anniversary, as well as 2-year Anniversary its Igbo Language Newspaper called “Ka Ọ Dị Taa”
The event held on Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8, at the Event Hall of ANPC, Awka, and had people from all walks of life in attendance.
In his opening remarks, Sir Chuka Nnabuife said the workshop was organized to appreciate the staff members for their contributions.
He added that the workshop with the theme: “Workplace Relationship: Workers’ Life and Productivity”, was also aimed at refreshing the skills of the workers and making them imbibe modern media skills.
He said though the ANPC had not attained the enviable height it aspired for, it had made remarkable difference on where it used to be in the last five years.
He stated that one of the reasons for the event was to celebrate ANPC, noting that they have received about 10 awards this year alone.
Nnabuife said as the longest thriving state-owned newspaper in Nigeria, being on the newsstands for 28 years, there was need to thank and reward the staff members.
‘We assembled more than 15 experts drawn from the media and government sectors to deliver papers during the three-day workshop.
‘We have received enough awards this year and majority of them is service to humanity and what it means is that indirectly you are touching society positively.
‘We have advanced as an organization but we are not where we ought to be,’ he said.
Speaking, the Chief Host and the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba, urged Nigerians to support the media to fast-track the country’s development.
He said the media had played critical roles in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence and post-independence, adding that the media still had a lot to do for the advancement of the country, even as he frowned at the attitude of some Nigerians towards the media, which, he observed, no longer brought out the best in the practitioners.
Adinuba commended the management of National Light for blazing the trail since 28 years of its establishment.
Adinuba, who advised top public/civil servants to de-emphasize hierarchical order in the work place, added that too much emphasis was usually counter-productive.
He, however, urged the media to come up with measures that would motivate workers, saying that reward system where a worker or workers were rewarded for their outstanding contributions would encourage them to achieve more.
In their separate speeches, the Anambra state Head of Service, Barr. Harry Uduh, tasked civil servants to uphold the service rule in order to excel in the service and warned against partisan politics, while the Chairman, Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, advised journalists to hold unto the ethics of the profession.
The Keynote Speaker was the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Uche Okafor, with the Head of Service, Anambra State, Harry Uduh, as Lead Speaker. The Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Information, Okey Okoye, was the Guest of Honour.
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Anambra State, C Don Adinuba, was the Chief Host, while Managing Director/CEO, ANPC, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, was the Host.
Other speakers at the workshop included, Sir Paul Nwosu, Special Adviser, Agriculture; Sir Jude Emecheta, MD/CEO Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency; Nze Uche Nworah, MD/CEO Anambra Broadcasting Service; among others.