Rivers chief scribe wants Tide to make profits like private newspapers

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By Ignatius Chukwu

The Tide newspaper has been charged to strive to lead the print media in Rivers State and make profit. The secretary to the Rivers State government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, who gave the charge in Port Harcourt also urged managers of government enterprises to apply modern management techniques to get ahead.

This is as the managers of the newspaper however indicated that they needed certain things to get to the level of profitability. They want the state government to make a fiat to ensure all government agencies gave patronage to their own newspaper. Observers however say for the managers to beg for what should rightly be their rights shows that government may not have been giving their newspaper a fair deal. Same complain comes from radio and television stations owned by state governments who look in pains as huge TV budgets go to the private stations while their equipment cry for a couple of millions of naira.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by Management of the Rivers State Newspaper corporation in Port Harcourt, Dr. Danagogo regretted that most Government owned enterprises no longer existed because of the laxity in employees’ approach to such businesses.

“Almost all Government owned businesses are dead. If salaries were dependent on profit, it would not have been as it is”, the SSG said.

The SSG urged the Management of the State Newspaper Corporation to approach the business of publishing the way a 21st century entrepreneur should manage the issues of printing businesses.

“You have to up your game. Make your paper an appeal so that anyone who wants to talk about Rivers State can reference the Tide Newspaper, as there is no reason why the Tide should not be the number one paper in the Niger Delta after almost 50 years of existence.

“Use your workers to push for adverts, printing, creative writing and other professional activities. Subsequently, Government would be encouraged by the contributions of your revenue and position as a major player in the information industry. 

He further criticized attempts by opposition elements who are working to demarket the State, noting that despite such attempts, Rivers State has continued to be one of the most peaceful and secured States in the country because of the Governor’s deliberate and dogged approach to State security.

“Irrespective of the challenges, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike has continued to be proactive by doing everything possible to protect the State and her people. Only recently, the special C4i Security unit was restored to boost the efforts of the existing Operation Sting and other measures applied to ensure the safety of all persons who live and do business here.

“On the recent attack of the State which was totally uncalled for, the Governor has taken proactive steps to secure the boarders and prevent criminal elements from perpetuating more crime,” he said.

In addition, he urged the media in the State to project the developmental strides and good image of the state.

“The media in Rivers State has a crucial responsibility to market the State for people to adequately understand the true situation of peace and government efforts at adequate security”, he said.

The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Chief Ernest Chinwo, commended the Rivers State Government for sustaining the State Newspaper Corporation which has continued to thrive despite the failure of associate state government owned newspapers around the South-South Region.

He promised to continue to project the good works of the Rivers State Government and the publisher, The Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike.

“The Rivers State Newspaper corporation can generate more revenue for itself and the state… The Tide has been very resilient compared to other state-owned papers”, he said.

He implored the SSG to use his good office to encourage MDAs to patronise the corporation in printing documents and advertorials of their products.

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By Ignatius Chukwu

The Tide newspaper has been charged to strive to lead the print media in Rivers State and make profit. The secretary to the Rivers State government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, who gave the charge in Port Harcourt also urged managers of government enterprises to apply modern management techniques to get ahead.

This is as the managers of the newspaper however indicated that they needed certain things to get to the level of profitability. They want the state government to make a fiat to ensure all government agencies gave patronage to their own newspaper. Observers however say for the managers to beg for what should rightly be their rights shows that government may not have been giving their newspaper a fair deal. Same complain comes from radio and television stations owned by state governments who look in pains as huge TV budgets go to the private stations while their equipment cry for a couple of millions of naira.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by Management of the Rivers State Newspaper corporation in Port Harcourt, Dr. Danagogo regretted that most Government owned enterprises no longer existed because of the laxity in employees’ approach to such businesses.

“Almost all Government owned businesses are dead. If salaries were dependent on profit, it would not have been as it is”, the SSG said.

The SSG urged the Management of the State Newspaper Corporation to approach the business of publishing the way a 21st century entrepreneur should manage the issues of printing businesses.

“You have to up your game. Make your paper an appeal so that anyone who wants to talk about Rivers State can reference the Tide Newspaper, as there is no reason why the Tide should not be the number one paper in the Niger Delta after almost 50 years of existence.

“Use your workers to push for adverts, printing, creative writing and other professional activities. Subsequently, Government would be encouraged by the contributions of your revenue and position as a major player in the information industry. 

He further criticized attempts by opposition elements who are working to demarket the State, noting that despite such attempts, Rivers State has continued to be one of the most peaceful and secured States in the country because of the Governor’s deliberate and dogged approach to State security.

“Irrespective of the challenges, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike has continued to be proactive by doing everything possible to protect the State and her people. Only recently, the special C4i Security unit was restored to boost the efforts of the existing Operation Sting and other measures applied to ensure the safety of all persons who live and do business here.

“On the recent attack of the State which was totally uncalled for, the Governor has taken proactive steps to secure the boarders and prevent criminal elements from perpetuating more crime,” he said.

In addition, he urged the media in the State to project the developmental strides and good image of the state.

“The media in Rivers State has a crucial responsibility to market the State for people to adequately understand the true situation of peace and government efforts at adequate security”, he said.

The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Chief Ernest Chinwo, commended the Rivers State Government for sustaining the State Newspaper Corporation which has continued to thrive despite the failure of associate state government owned newspapers around the South-South Region.

He promised to continue to project the good works of the Rivers State Government and the publisher, The Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike.

“The Rivers State Newspaper corporation can generate more revenue for itself and the state… The Tide has been very resilient compared to other state-owned papers”, he said.

He implored the SSG to use his good office to encourage MDAs to patronise the corporation in printing documents and advertorials of their products.

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