WORKERS at Lagos Television, on Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Lagos, have been pinching themselves to know whether they are in dreamland! They are wondering whether what is happening to them since a new permanent secretary, Mr. Mubashiru Ajanaku took over from the former boss, Mr. Olalekan Adeleke Ogunbanwo is real.
This is because they have never had it so good since the new man took over from their former boss. The first thing that jolted them to the reality that a new person is at the helm of affairs at the parastatal was when their January salary was paid before the end of the month which was different from before when they usually get it on 10th or 20th of the next month. And unlike before when the salaries were paid in batches, all of them got their salaries the same time.
Directors of the various departments in the parastatals who for years did not know what a running cost looked like have since started receiving it. Even retirees have a cause to shower encomiums on the new boss. This is because the man has paid them two months of their benefits which they have not been paid for several months before now.
The new tide at the broadcasting station is not restricted to the staff welfare alone. Some of the ceilings which had been leaking for sometime now with no hope of being replaced are now being replaced. New microphones have also been bought for the use of broadcasters.
The editing room, we gathered, which has never enjoyed the luxury of air conditioner is now a proud owner of a brand new one.
The permanent secretary, ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered, has also ordered that organizations that are owing the station huge sums of money for airing their programmes on the station have been summoned to come and make arrangement for the payment of their debts.
Such organizations which enjoyed the protection and preferential treatment from the former permanent secretary, Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo are now running helter-skelter to meet up with their debts payment agreement.
While the generality of the workers are happy about the changes that are taking place in their lives and work place, some of them are said to be living in fear and anxiety. These are mostly some of the guys in the marketing and account sections. One of the directors who had been jostling to take over from Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, has now shelved his ambition when he realised that the new permanent secretary is most likely to be there for the next three years when he will reach his mandatory retirement age.
ENCOMIUM Weekly also gathered that the former Permanent Secretary, Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, has visited the station twice since he was re-deployed but on the two occasions, he did not enter the television station. Rather, he went to the radio station which is the next building after the television house.
Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo had worked in the station for 34 years, part of which he was the permanent secretary for nine years.
He and six other permanent secretaries were re-deployed by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) on Thursday, January 15, 2014. He was re-deployed to Parastatals Monitoring Office (PMO), a body that monitors Lagos Television/Radio Services as one of the parastatals in the state.
He was replaced with Mr. Adekunle Mudashiru Ajanaku, who has been a permanent secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office for nine years.