Leadership crisis has continued to unsettle the Delta State owned newspapers; “The Pointer”, and if urgent steps are not taken to foil the sinister motives of the aggrieved staff, the situation may get out of hands.
Sources said maladministration including alleged corrupt practices have enveloped the newspaper’s house, especially with the long stay of the General Manager, Mr. Bosah Iwobi.
Iwobi, had in the recent times been accused of corrupt practices, and sabotage to the interest of qualified persons for promotion.
He, however, dismissed the allegations as untrue, adding that he was being blackmailed by his traducers who do not want him as the company’s General Manager.
It was learnt that the General Manager allegedly flouted an order of the Directorate of Establishment and Pension which approved stipulated periods that staffers were due for promotion.
While he was said to have acted the other way round, the affected workers protested the “alleged in human act”, and the company was sealed off for two days before the intervention of the Special Adviser on Labour Relations to the Governor, Mr. Mike Okeme.
An aggrieved worker who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said: “the GM is our major problem, we will not relent in the fight, he is nepotistic, fetish and selfish, we have written to the Governor to intervene”.
But the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had at a media parley in Asaba, urged the management of the newspaper to work harder in ensuring it meets the demands of the public.
His words: “The Pointer Newspapers should be paying most of its bills, government pays salaried of staff regularly, why can’t Pointer pay other bills?”.
In a swift reaction, Mr. Mike Okeme the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Relations said the crisis was being looked into with a view to ensuring peaceful co-existence among staffers of the newspaper company.