DAAR Communications management has denied reports that it sacked its entire AIT staff at its Benin station, describing it as a misrepresentation of facts.
Reports, earlier in the week, had it that DAAR communications management in a letter dated June 2, signed by the Senior Manager in charge of Human Resources, Mr. Victor Okasoga, fired its entire staff at the Benin station.
In a statement issued by its management on Tuesday, the broadcasting outfit said only 13 out of the 40 operational staff of the two DAAR Communications Benin outfits – RayPower 105.5FM and African Independent Television, AIT, Channels 29UHF were relieved of their jobs.
It also described as untrue the claims that the two broadcasting stations have been shut down. The statement reads in part;
“We wish to correct this misrepresentation of facts and state emphatically that: Management critically appraised the operations of both stations in Benin most especially as it refers to manpower capacity utilization, dedication to duty, productivity level and found some wanting and far below expectation.”
“Their conduct was found to be inimical to the attainment of the lofty ideals of the organization. Their professionalism and competence was not at par with that of their colleagues and it was adversely affecting the over-all productivity and the expected capacity of both stations.”
“For the benefit of our various stakeholders, out of a total of 40 operational staff strength, only 13 were laid off. For the sake of our most esteemed Clients, Advertisers and our audiences, both Ray Power 105.5FM and African Independent Television, AIT, Channels 29UHF were never off-air and are still fully operational/on-air. At no time since the organizational audit process did any of the stations shut down/off-air. “
“In conclusion, we wish to state that the issue of financial obligations to our staff is receiving Management’s utmost as we ensure payment of salaries as funds are generated in spite of inclement economic situation in the country.”
“We are committed to the welfare of our staff and promise to discharge this responsibility dutifully and diligently.”
Meanwhile following the sack news, the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the actions of the broadcasting outfit.
The State NUJ Chairman Rowland Osakwe said the media outfit erred by sacking its workers without fulfilling its financial obligation to them.