FRCN Staff Return To Duty After Protest Of Poor Working Condition
Staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Akure have returned to their duty posts and the station is back to its regular transmission in Ondo state.
The station was partially shut down, while journalistic activities were brought to a standstill on Monday, July 10th in protest against what the staff called "poor working conditions and obsolete equipment."
A portion of their audience who were forced to seek alternative radio programs from another station on Monday, tuned in to their favourite shows on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Charles Akinbami, a regular listener of newspaper's review on the station expressed his disappointment over the suspension of transmission on Monday.
"I never knew there was an issue in the station. I thought it was a normal break in their transmission which would come on shortly.
"I wanted to follow up on the finance minister's allegation but was disappointed after two hours of waiting and nothing happened."
According to a source at the station, the protest which was organized by the Labour union of the station and tagged: "Black Monday", was meant to press home the demand of the staff.
Speaking at the protest, NUJ Chairman, Ondo FRCN Chapter, Mr John Ebiofini said since the station was created sixteen years ago, no improvement had been made on the equipment.
"Today, due to deplorable conditions of our outdated equipment, we cannot boast of covering Ondo State where we are located effectively.
"Are we not ashamed of ourselves being a Federal Government establishment that is supposed to set the pace for states and private broadcasting houses?" he asked.
Buttressing the submission, the former Chairman, Radio and Television Theatre and Arts Workers Union RATTAWU of the station, Mrs Laurel Ojo said the protest was to send signals to Federal Government through the management.
"Productivity at the station was diminishing due to various factors.
"Staff on night duties now sleep on the floor, which at times leads to snake bite, and many other dangerous animals attacking workers due to poor environmental conditions."
The staff however gave the government a 21- day ultimatum to attend to their demand or expect a complete down-tool from the workers.
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