BREAKING: Workers disrupt Jimoh Ibrahim’s conference in Abuja over unpaid salaries

By Editor on 18/01/2016

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It was drama, Monday morning, when some members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led aggrieved staff of the National Mirror and Newswatch, stormed the venue of the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, in the heat of an ongoing conference where Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, was delivering a lecture for staff of his conglomerate across the world.

Their demand was that Ibrahim, a business mogul and owner of the two financially-challenged media outfits should effect  immediate payment of the 13-month outstanding salaries.

With placards bearing details of their demand, the group, which was led by an unidentified person, in red apparel, confronted Ibrahim, whilst giving a lecture at the event tagged The Energy Group 5th GMD Conference.

The group, which appeared bent on disrupting the conference is being covered live by the African Independent Television (AIT), however, failed in the mission as Ibrahim, looking quite unruffled continued with his lecture amid shouts and solidarity from the aggrieved person and in spite the noise from the loud speaker, amplifying the message.

While Ibrahim tried to take the protest in its strides, saying “the gentlemen have a right to protest. What they are trying to tell us is that those of you in the media industries have issues to come over to discuss.”


However, the gentleman, who spoke louder on his public address demanded that a team must be raised immediately in the interest of peace on how the arrears would be paid. “Enough is enough, enough is enough, we cannot continue like this. Mr. Ibrahim, I’m suggesting for peace, raise two or three men to meet with the leadership of NUJ now. We cannot continue like this,” a demand which Ibrahim acceded to immediately and appointed some people to “go and meet with them,” whilst continuing with his lecture.

At a point, lights were switched off at the hall, but Ibrahim ordered that they be switched on instantly, and the lights were actually restored as the protesting crowd were leaving the hall, still shouting.

Ibrahim, whose lecture centred on the current economic miracle of China, which rose from the ashes of poverty to a world giant in all spheres, thereafter stressed the theme of the lecture with intermittent references to the unpleasant development.

“The gentlemen that came in to protest, these are staff of the media, who cannot generate their own salaries. Now, they expect you to make money from the bank and use it to come and pay them salaries in the media. Is that strategically okay? You’ll shut down if you do that. That’s not possible. So, what CEOs do across the world is what? They just shut down the operation of the companies. If you don’t have good strategies to make the income, we’re going to shut you down. And what we are telling our media department is that you must be sustainable. If you are not profitable, you cannot be sustainable. Profitability is the key issue in corporation. So, if you are in the media and you cannot generate your salaries, where do you expect subventions to come from?

“I watched the President sometime ago as he granted this allowance to the states to pay salaries. It was interesting, isn’t it? But the point is if you do that regularly, the next month, they expect more allowance to pay more salaries again.”  




Posted on January, 18 2016

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