Nigeria’s News Agency has deployed drones in six key areas of the country to better cover events and activities.
Mr. Buki Ponle, the managing director/CEO of NAN, said the news agency is prepared to be more relevant to stakeholders, especially subscribers, at the news agency’s 2021 annual management retreat in Ilorin on Wednesday.
“With the ongoing measures put in place to enhance service delivery, I can confidently say that we are now poised to be perfectly quintessential, and be more relevant to our stakeholders,
especially our subscribers. With our newly acquired technology for our
multi-media unit, we shall continue to make a marked difference in the
pursuit of positive reporting and solutions journalism.
“Drones as you know is an enhanced technology to get to areas that are difficult to penetrate. It could be a crowd, demonstration; be it peaceful or violent demonstration. The drones can get there to cover and get the story. It’s just to improve on our coverage and to show that we’re aligning with advanced technology.
“First, we want to deploy about six to such areas as Abuja, Lagos among other areas where activities are continuously in progress. It’s just to serve our clients better and to ensure that our reporters are up to date with advanced technology,” he said.
Ponle, who urged for a better degree of dedication from reporters, bemoaned the fact that some journalists are only interested in what will benefit them, even if it means jeopardizing their life.
It will no longer be business as usual, he stressed.
The managing director of NAN said his administration will continue to reward excellence and outstanding hard work as stated in civil service norms and regulations, adding that staff morale would be raised on a regular basis “even as we anticipate reciprocity from workers.”
“I am not oblivious of the fact that beyond the challenges facing our
editorial operations, there is the welter of issues facing our internal
operations. Happily, all the members of the management team are gathered here to rub minds on the path to plod as the new year beckons. I, therefore, urge everyone present here as members of the NAN family to reignite that old bond of unity and contribute to the discourse in order to find solutions to the challenges confronting our Agency.
“I have no doubt that with the continued support of our supervising ministry under the effective leadership of the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, NAN under my watch would continue to tread the path to shared prosperity,” he said.