Thee Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Ima Niboro, yesterday stated that the management and the Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, Ambassador Joy Ogwu, had not being formally notified about the closure of its office space at the UN building, as reported in some national dailies.
According to him, nobody from the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU), had communicated to us or the Permanent Representative, on the shutdown of the office space allocated to NAN.
“As we speak, the UN Permanent representative is also not aware of this development,” he said
While efforts are being made to reach MALU office at the UN building, Niboro, who expressed surprise while responding to THISDAY enquiries, on telephone said: “What we want to do now is to contact Ms. Isabelle Broyer as stated in the report. But we don’t even know how to reach her. She has not been talking to us, so we don’t have a channel to reach her. So my private assumption is that she probably has been communicating with the former NAN Correspondent.”
On whether, the shutdown will not affect its operations, Niboro added: “We have our office in New York and our own NAN property in New York. So this has nothing to do with our operations, absolutely nothing to with our operations. We are not aware of the closure of the New York office, nobody has communicated with us, Broyer, may be communicating with the former correspondent.
He, however, added that this would be investigated by management.
“In fact I surprised to see this story online yesterday night. My first reaction to the story, the MD said, was to call Ambassador Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative in UN, who told me that she is not aware. So, we don’t know who they are communicating with, and who they have been dealing with or relating with concerning this UN office,” Niboro said
On the financial difficulties being experienced as alleged by MALU, he said NAN did not recall its New York Correspondent because of financial difficulties, adding, our Foreign Correspondents are posted for a tenure of two years and at the end of the two years they return and another correspondent is sent.
Making further clarification, he said: “In the first place, we are going to issue a statement on this matter so I don’t intend to speak beyond this. But just to put the records straight we did not shut down our office neither have we being officially communicated that it is has been shut down.”
Niboro said: “Let me recap to you, my first executive act when I became the MD of NAN was to approve the appointment for the replacement of the NAN Correspondent whose two year legal tenure had expired, and of course you know people would want to extend their tenure.
“Everybody kept calling me and I said I don’t know this chap from Adam. When I assumed office, I held a meeting with management and was told that it is a mandatory two-year but can be extended. I made a replacement immediately as the MD of NAN which was my first executive act,” he said