DBS Warri shut down over poor working condition, dilapidated equipments

Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, owned by Delta State Government have been totally shut down following what staff deacribed as working under dangerous atmosphere, outdated/non-availability of relevant technical equipment as well as appalling staff welfare condition our correspondent  can authoritatively report.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that basic protective equipment such as Thunder Arrestor, is not in the state owned electronic media house as the rainy season approaches and air conditioners are not functional in “various offices”.

The document which was signed by leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Sonia Unobunjo as well as Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU Chaurman, Comrade Isaac Oboh of the station, further exposed the lack of operational vehicles, non-deployment of security personnel to the station’s premises, thus endangering the lives of staff to hoodlums and protesters as well as the nonpayment of the medical claims to workers.

They stated that only one month impress (daily running cost) was paid in 2018, while work on the irritating audio signal output of the FM arm of the station was yet to be completed as at the time of this report.

While accusing the General-Manager of the State owned stattion, Mr. Tunde Omonode of embezzling funds met for the running of the Station called for the immediate sack of the GM.

While the two unions have resolved to invite staff in charge of revenue generation and expenditure of the media house to reveal financial details as they gear up “to respect the wishes of staff to resume the suspended work-to-rule action” over their ten-point demands, which also include the non-payment of stipends for services rendered during public holidays.

Our correspondent learnt that workers have also raised concern about the DBS Warri  broken down vehicles, noting that the GM kept deaf ears on the dilapidated condition of the Station as the GM prefer to auction the Statiom vehicles which he normally buy through the back door.

According to staff of the Station who spoke to our correspondent hinted that Mr. Tunde Omonode seven years stay in the Station has not contributed any meaningful development to Station, averred that Omonode continued stay would conduct final burial for the Station.

Contacted on phone, top management staff in the Delta State information ministry told our correspondent that they are already aware of the development, hinted that the State information commissioner, Patrick Ukah and the acting permanent secretary, Mr. Paul Osahor is expected to visit the State today to get first hand information on why the Statiom was shut down.

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