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By Kingsley Ugwu and Nkechi Ikenwoke

Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Paul Nwosu, on Thursday, paid a visit to Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light,  Ka O Di Taa and  SportslightXTRA newspapers, on a familiarisation tour.

The commissioner, who arrived at the corporation’s headquarters around 10:15am, was conducted round the premises to ascertain the level of activities in the organisation.

Speaking during the visit, Commissioner Nwosu, who disclosed that his visit to the corporation was the first of such official visits since assumption of office, noted that the essence of the visit was to look into the organisation’s operational challenges and chart a new way forward.

” We have a new governor who is not only interested in your product but wants you to re-engineer and rejig the processes in the organisation, so, you can do better,” he stated.

“We need to make here more functional. This present government under His Excellency, Professor Chukwuma Soludo is anchored on creative destruction, so we can create a prosperous smart mega homeland in line with his directive by putting-on the thinking-cap to turn things around. If we must realise a smart mega city, it is imperative that every hand be on deck to make it realisable.”

Noting that the organistion is 30-years old, he charged workers to brace up for a shift from the analogue civil service system to a more productive corporate approach.

“We either swim properly or sink. If other organisations are surviving the challenges of the time, we can make our own viable. Whatever we do here, we must up the ante so that we will be like others,” he charged.

The commissioner remarked that from his experience, the establishment requires restructuring, rebranding and re-launching.

In his welcome remarks, the Managing Director, CEO, ANPC, Sir Chuka Nnabuife appreciated the state government for their commitment towards ensuring that National Light remains afloat in the ever competitive print media environs through their support.

He thanked the commissioner for identifying with National Light, prompting his making the organisation his first port of call amongst organisations under his charge in the Ministry of Information.

Sir Nnabuife highlighted some challenges confronting the corporation which include lack of functional equipments, appropriate staffing, orientation of workers, amongst others.

While conducting the commissioner round the media house, Sir Chika Nnabuife stated that his administration has recorded tremendous achievements irrespective of numerous challenges facing the organisation and called on the state government to assist in making their efforts more progressive.

Sir Nnabuife stressed that since his assumption of office, he had tried to establish contacts with the Ministry of Information, through which the state government will help to restructure faulty equipment beyond the capacity of the management for daily production and quality publication. Among these faulty equipments are the printing and cutting machines, big Lister Generator for steady power supply, desktop computers, office table and chairs, even as he went forward and pleaded with the state government to assist them in fixing air-conditioners in most of the offices where they are necessary.

In his words at the printing house, “if I roll this machine and prints out our newspapers, it at least gives us a N1million gain… I serviced all these machines when I resumed work in 2014. They were redundant then. We have a very challenging financial situation here, including the subvention of last month which has been cut to N9million”

At the Graphics Department, Nnabuife said: “We manage this small room and we produce National Light Newspapers daily. We also circulate online daily except on Thursday that we print our newspapers, including Ka O Di Taa and SportsLightXtra. We do not have enough money to print them daily.”

“In this Graphics room, we should have at least 20 serving desktops but we have only seven. My staff’s strength is 97. The office tables in our newsroom today are about 40 years old, including the chairs. We have in our own capacity tried to renew some of the chairs. Both the Graphics and Newsroom are supposed to be air-conditioned. They are supposed to look better than they are today.”

“Not less than 20 computers are supposed to be in the newsroom with adequate internet services. All these I have mentioned are the present challenges facing our organisation”, he concluded.

Furthermore, Sir Nnabuife, alongside his staff showed the Nwosu the new ICT Enterprise Center which he said was constructed with the effort of the Advert Department.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Samuel Ikeh, a lawyer, in line with the commissioner’s admonition, urged all workers in the establishment to do more, especially in revenue generation.

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