The newly appointed Board of the National Communications Network (NCN), this afternoon announced that “several positions including those of CEO, Human Resources, ICT, Engineering and Programming have been rationalized” at the State-owned Media entity.
It noted, in a communiqué, that over the last two days the positions of the CEO, Human Resources and ICT have been voluntarily vacated.
“As a consequence, advertisements will soon appear for suitably qualified persons to fill various posts within the entity,” declared the communiqué from the NCN Board.
This official position by the Board, came in the wake of news posted earlier on this site, which confirmed that NCN’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Molly Hassan, has tendered her resignation from the post.
When contacted by INews earlier today, Hassan confirmed that she resigned as NCN CEO and has given the requisite notice as per her contract.
Speculation has been rife that Hassan would have been asked to resign by the eight-month-old APNU/AFC government. Since the administration took office in May, a large number of persons not only in the State Media but across the spectrum of the Public Service and governmental agencies have lost their jobs – either sent on leave, forced to resign or dismissed.
Meanwhile, the Board of NCN noted that, having reviewed the strategic direction, operations and conditions at the State-owned Media entity, it has embarked on a vitalization project at the start of this year. According to a communiqué issued by the Board, NCN’s vitalization project has four main pillars.
Pillar 1 entails identifying a clear strategic direction based on national imperatives. To this end a comprehensive document has been produced by the Board which provides the basis for the second, third and fourth pillars of the project.
Pillar 2 entails management restructure to meet the new strategic direction. The strategic direction now set has necessitated several changes. This includes changes at the administrative level of the organization based on revised terms of reference and competencies for the new structure. The Board announced that “several positions including those of CEO, Human Resources, ICT, Engineering and Programming have been rationalized”.
It noted that over the last two days the positions of the CEO, Human Resources and ICT have been voluntarily vacated. As a consequence, advertisements will soon appear for suitably qualified persons to fill various posts within the entity. The Board of NCN has extended its sincere gratitude for their past service to those moving on and wishes them well in their future endeavors.
Pillar 3 entails re-branding and vitalizing the programming on NCN’s radio and television stations. The Board said there has been an intense and ongoing review of both the current programmes, systems, staff and technical facilities. In addition to internal work being done on re-branding, re-programming, training and creating a new content culture, a nationwide call is currently out for announcers, producers and fresh programme ideas.
Pillar 4 entails vitalizing plant and infrastructure. The Board noted that following months of extensive tours to NCN’s national substations, as well as equipment audits and technical consultations with local and international experts, several urgent needs in the area of physical space, telecommunications infrastructure, training, management and equipment have been identified. The Board has been vigorously pursuing resources to rectify these problems and intends to continue this process in 2016.
The Board of NCN appointed just 3 months ago in October 2015, has re-iterated its commitment to resolutely pursuing this clear strategic direction in the best interest of the nation. As such, all four pillars of the vitalization project are being pursued simultaneously.