Employees of National Mirror and Newswatch Times today interrupted publisher Jimoh Ibrahim while delivering a lecture at Nicon Luxury, Abuja, venue of the Global Fleet Group annual management conference broadcast live on AIT.
Armed with placards and solidarity songs, the angry workers who have allegedly not been paid for about nine months disrupted the meeting as Ibrahim began to speak on China’s development strategy asking to be paid.
Ignoring the protesters, Ibrahim tried to continue with his lecture but the leader of the group could be heard throwing allegations at him.
“Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim why are you deceiving people? Enough is enough. We cannot continue like this. You are talking about China when you have not paid us our salaries for months. You must pay us today to enable us take care of our families.” the leader shouted in the background.
To that, Mr. Ibrahim responded that the media should be self sustaining. “These are staff of the National Mirror who cannot generate their own salary, and they expect the company to make money from the company to pay them. Is that practically okay? That is not possible. I have said it that any arm of the group that cannot generate money to pay its salary would be shut down.” he said.
He blamed the protest on top management of the newspaper saying that of all his 16 companies only one is protesting about unpaid salaries. He later agreed to pay the salaries on the condition the MD and DMD of the National Mirror resign immediately.