NAN Reiterates Commitment to News Gathering


Yinka Olatunbosun
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reiterated its commitment to delivering quality news gathering both locally and internationally.

This was revealed during a courtesy visit of the management team of the agency to THISDAY Lagos Office, Apapa yesterday.

The Managing Director of NAN, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, expressed his delight at the partnership that the organisation had enjoyed with THISDAY over the years and promised to ensure that it continues under his tenure.

He disclosed that NAN was working on changing the dynamics of news gathering services with the changing trend and the rise of online media.

“News is becoming more democratic and there is no more news monopoly. News format and delivery is really changing. Now we have what is called News Flash. We have just launched a new website for people all over the world to access news. We are going to launch a video and photo portal where we will upload all our photos and those in the archives. NAN has facilities to do television interviews and run them as it is done in television stations,’’ said Onanuga.

He also observed that although the editing process is a long procedure at NAN, editors work two shifts, some in the morning and others in the afternoon to speed up news dissemination. Onanuga pledged that in spite of the economic challenges that had made it difficult for NAN to retain some international correspondents, the agency still remains committed to delivering ground-breaking stories across the globe and in Nigeria.

He also used the opportunity to commend the Lagos State government on the improved traffic situation in Apapa which he described as “a no-go-area’’ as at the last time of his visit to Apapa.
The NAN team on the brief visit included the Head of Lagos Operation, Mrs. Kate Popoola; the Director of News, Dele Bodunrin, Mrs. Idonije Obakhedo and Mrs. Chinyere Bassey.