Nze Uche Nworah is the Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) He was among the dignitaries that graced the three-day retreat organised for workers of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation over the weekend that expressed their impressions of the organisation and the staff so far. Excerpts:
WHAT is your impression about National Light?
Training opportunities are usually things that interest me and I am always very excited whenever I am invited to speak because for me, it’s part of the skills development and I think that is the first interest.
Unfortunately, some of our people are now so used to rewards that are financial but that’s not the way to go. Knowledge is power. I want to praise the management and the staff of this organisation for what they are doing over this retreat and it can only get better.
What change would you want to see in this establishment to make it better?
I don’t work for National Light. Ours is to share ideas. I have over 25 years of working experience-working in American, Europe and Lagos. Our job basically is to keep on releasing those principles that have been tried and tested and they are working. In terms of change, your management is doing very well, but internally, we need to work very hard. First of all, I want to praise you because of Ka Ọ Dị Taa.
We didn’t have that before but now, we have it. But again, it is not about management but about the organisation. All of us have to be part of this change because one man alone cannot drive change. It doesn’t work like that, it’s a collective effort.
That’s a model I know that works which is why Ndi Igbo says ‘Igwebuike’. We need to support them (the management).
What impact do you think this kind of workshop will make on the staff ?
Attitude change; but for you to change your attitude, you need to have knowledge and information, do things differently. People should begin to work differently. The way the world has gone, you can work from your home with your phones and laptops and from there, we get the change.
What’s your message to the management?
I want to encourage them. It’s never easy. We live in very difficult times in Nigeria economically and I am sure in your newspapers, you see that adverts are no longer as it used to be and you can’t get all the resources you need from the government.
So sometimes, you require a bit of ingenuity and balancing down to keep the organisation afloat. Like one of the speakers said that many newspapers had gone under and recently as well, the subvention of the organisation was cut down, likewise in ABS. So, there are challenges we have to deal with but we can only encourage them to pursue harder.