'Why Compass Stopped Publishing’

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The management of Western Publishing Company Limited, publishers of Nigerian Compass and the Westerner has offered a reason why the media outfit owned by former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, was shut.

In a statement published this morning, the company’s Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Sina Kawonise said the newspaper will be off the newsstands for a few days due to a major reorganisation going on in the company.

Kawonise apologised to the public and readers for any inconveniences the reorganisation might cause them.

He assured them that the management wanted to use the newspaper to serve their readers better.

The statement also thanked their readers for their patronage and understanding.

Western Publishing Company Limited was shut on Thursday when its workers embarked on an indefinite strike action to press home their demand for the payment of their five months salary arrears running into about N100 million.

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The former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was reported to have informed the management of the company that he had no money to pay the workers as he had spent about N1.5 billion on the last governorship election in Ogun State.

P.M.NEWS learnt that the 45 workers who signed the protest letter have been relieved of their appointment, because the management viewed their action as insubordination.

The workers also accused the company of failure to remit the Pay As You Earn, PAYE, tax deducted from their salaries to the appropriate quarters as well as nonpayment of the money deducted from their salaries as cooperative savings.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr. Tunde Shodeko has said that the union would be visiting the company on a fact-fading mission on learning that 45 workers of the company have been sacked.

He said the NUJ was looking at the possibility of meeting with the management of the company for dialogue to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

—Moyo Fabiyi