The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has established six new zonal offices including Sokoto and five other states, making a total of 12 zonal operational offices.
ASHENEWS reports that the new zonal offices, which will take off on January 1, 2023, will be operated by new zonal managers.
NAN which was previously operating six zonal offices, decentralized to 12 for administrative convenience, effectiveness, and increased coverage, especially at the grassroots level.
The new Akure Zone, which has Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun states, was carved out from the old Ibadan Zone while Owerri Zone, excised from the old Enugu Zone, now has Imo and Abia as component states.
Asaba Zone, created out of the old Port Harcourt Zone, has Delta, Edo, and Bayelsa as component states while Maiduguri Zone carved out of the old Bauchi Zone now comprises Borno, Adamawa, and Taraba states.
Sokoto Zone made up of Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi States was excised from the old Kaduna Zone while Minna Zone comprising Niger, Nasarawa, and Kogi was created out of the old Jos Zone.
The new managers and their zones, according to a statement issued by the management of the Agency in Abuja, include Adebayo Sekoni, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief, who would head Akure Zone.
The trio of Benson Iziama, Felecia Okonkwo, and Yakubu Uba, all Deputy Editors-in-Chief, would head Asaba, Owerri, and Maiduguri Zones, respectively
Habibu Harisu and Mohammed Baba-Busu, both Assistant Editors-in-Chief, would take charge of Sokoto and Minna Zones respectively.
The statement also said management reviewed its operations in the year ending and had introduced cost-cutting measures to ensure it remained afloat in the face of increasing costs of doing business, inflationary trends, and decreased budget.
“The agency is also pursuing possibilities for partnerships to increase revenue generation while working with reputable global news agencies.
“For instance, during the year under review, the agency signed agreements with two foreign agencies-Turkish News Agency (Anadolu) and Bulgarian News Agency (BTA),” it said.
NAN also has news exchange partnerships with leading international wire agencies such as Reuters (United Kingdom), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany), Xinhua (China), and Sputnik (Russia).
Meanwhile, plans are ongoing to reopen the continental offices in South Africa, Ethiopia, and Cote d’Ivoire in the first quarter of the New Year, according to Managing Director, Mr. Buki Ponle.
He thanked workers for their steadfastness, adding that with increased budgetary allocation and internally generated revenue, more resources would be provided for welfare, training, and working tools.