Staff of the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Kwara, have held a peaceful protest within the premises of the station over poor working condition and lack of necessary working equipment.
It was gathered that the workers also held the protest over the insinuations going round that government is planning to sell the broadcasting house at number two Police road, GRA, Ilorin which has been in existence for over four decades.
During the peaceful protest, the staff of the Kwara State Television Authority and Kwara State Printing and Publishing Corporation, the Publisher of the Herald newspapers joined their counterparts at Radio Kwara in solidarity to their plights.
Speaking during the protest, Father Ralph Adeyemi, attested to the facts gathered by our correspondent that government had injected millions of naira into the three media houses for the repositioning exercise, but nothing to show for it.
Radio Nigeria learnt the state government in its determination to reposition the three media houses appointed a sole administrator in 2015 for a period of three months and extended to another period of three months, but up till now the sole administrator which is alien to the rules and regulations guiding the media houses still exist which had caused set back to the media Houses.
Meanwhile, the state Government has released the sum of five million naira as part of monthly subvention, to pay August salaries of staff of the State owned radio station, popularly called Radio Kwara, The Herald newspaper and Kwara Television.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede stated this while addressing journalist in his office, shortly after the protest.
Speaking on the protest, the media aide noted that it was as a result of issues regarding their operational expenses about which he has been engaging the station’s management and unions for the last couple of days.
He added that the delay was due to the economic challenges the country is facing as allocation to all tiers of government had dropped but is gradually increasing.
Speaking further, he clarified that the monthly state allocation was received in the state on Monday and that salaries and overheads of Parastatals including Radio Kwara are expected to be paid before the end of the week.