News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has deployed drones in six major areas of the country for a more effective coverage of events and activities.
Speaking at the 2021 annual management retreat of the news agency in Ilorin on Wednesday, the managing director/CEO of NAN, Mr. Buki Ponle, said that the agency is poised to be more relevant to stakeholders, especially subscribers.
“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 called for a higher level of dedication from reporters, lamented that some journalists chase only what they can benefit even at the detriment of their lives.
He added that it would no longer be business as usual.
The NAN managing director, who said that his administration would continue to reward excellence and exceptional hardwork as stipulated in the civil service rules and regulations, added that staff morale will be boosted continuously, “even as we expect 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.