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Soludo Moves to Sack 200 Journalists, Close Popular Government Newspaper

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Soludo Moves to Sack 200 Journalists, Close Government Newspaper


Governor Chukwuma Soludo has decided to close the Anambra State government-owned newspaper publishing company, National Light Newspaper, which employs approximately 200 people.



Soludo was said to have informed members of the State Executive Council (SEC) during their most recent meeting at Government House in Awka that the newspaper company was not adding any value to the government or the state’s economy and thus had to be closed down. Journalists, accountants, printers, security personnel, cleaners, and others were among those employed.



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In response to the governor’s plan to close down the newspaper company and sack the workers, the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Emeka Odogwu Emeka, and the commissioner for information, Chief Paul Nwosu, said the plan had not been carried out.


“The issue of National Light is still being considered by the Anambra State Executive Council (ANSEC), and the news will be formally made public but not through a grapevine or a mole,” he said.



Odogwu had pleaded with the governor not to close the newspaper company, claiming that doing so would make the workers, including journalists and others, unemployed, causing financial hardship for hundreds of their dependents.


The NUJ boss suggested to Soludo that the workers of the newspaper company be redeployed to state ministries where their services would be needed.



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According to reports, the state newspaper company has employees, particularly journalists, working as correspondents/reporters in many other states across the country, particularly in the South East zone and in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


It was learned that the National Light Newspaper reporter assigned to the governor’s press crew had already been let go.



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