Nigerian Observer: No plans to lay off staff, says Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obasekii

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

By Kevin Okunzuwa

Governor Godwin Obaseki has assured the staff of the state-owned newspaper, the Nigerian Observer, that the state government had no plans to lay off workers.

He gave the assurance while addressing journalists shortly after a tour of the ongoing revamp of the media outfit in Benin.

However, he noted that those who cannot be retrained in digital media will be redeployed to other ministries of government.

“I am sure that there are other duties they can perform in the Ministry of Communication and Orientation, as well as other ministries and agencies of government”.

On the ongoing revamp of the media outfit, Obaseki said, “they are actually printing online.

“As far as I am concerned, the Nigerian Observer is alive. You may not see the old building, but it is running. As a government, what we are trying to do is to revive the media, culture, and sports sectors because these are the new economy.

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“We are taking advantage of the history of these premises to rebuild the press that was here before. We replaced the 50 years old press building with a modern and digital web press.

“Not just to print only the Observer, we expect that it would serve the whole of the sub-region. Also, we have a speed master to do digital printing. You can’t have the media without a print. So, this is the print aspect of the ecosystem that we are creating.”

According to him: “We have taken the old Nigerian Observer press and we have built it into a world-class sound stage for film and music.

“The sound stage is being prepared for the Edo film festival which will take place in August.

“We are equipping the studio so that our young people who are into the production of music and movies and don’t have the money to invest in this kind of high-end equipment can always come here to do so.

“That is where we can energise the already active creative spirit in our young people, particularly in music and movies,” he said


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