Abuja,-Malam Ado Lawal, the Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday called for team work and spirit of togetherness among members of staff to enhance efficient operations in the agency.
Lawal stated this in Abuja at a send-off ceremony organised by the editorial staff of NAN in honour of a retiring Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Ms Funke Lawal.
The Editor-in-Chief said that unity of purpose in any establishment often served as a catalyst for progressive development.
He said such a spirit should be embraced by all and sundry, to enable the agency to fulfill its statutory obligations.
The Editor-in-Chief described the retiring Lawal as a humble, gentle, committed and understanding staff, who believed in team work.
“As colleagues, we are bound to offend each other and when offended, I encourage us to leave it for God and believe that God has the final say on all issues.
“We should accept all that come across our way in good fate,” he said.
Some members of staff of the agency who spoke at the event variously described Lawal as a committed woman who was ready to face and conquer challenges at all time.
Mrs Nkechi Okorokwo, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief, said Lawal’s excellent performance during her appointment as the Head of Abuja Editorial Operations was a challenge to other women in the agency.
Okorokwo attributed the successes recorded in the coverage of the recently concluded elections in the country to the commitment of the retiring Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
She traced the excellent performance of women in the agency to the time of the late former Managing Director, Mrs Oluremi Oyo.
She called for commitment and dedication to duty among women in the agency adding:“What a man can do, a woman can do as well”.
In her remark, Lawal, who said her service with NAN started in 1982, commended members of the editorial staff for their performance in the coverage of the recently concluded elections.
“During my service with NAN, I was made to work on virtually all the desks in the newsroom and I have no cause to regret it.”
She, therefore, called for greater commitment to duty among members of staff of the agency to consolidate what had been achieved over the years. (NAN)