Hon. Neji Calls For Employment and Funding in CRBC
The Minority Leader of the Cross River State House of Assembly and Member representing Ikom 1 State Constituency, Hon Samuel Neji Abang, recently proposed a motion urging the state government to absorb and enhance funding for casual workers (ARTISTE) at the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC).
Emphasizing the plight of casual workers with a two-decade-long tenure at CRBC Ikom and Calabar, Hon Neji brought attention to the stagnant nature of their employment status. Among the 200-strong CRBC staff, a substantial 130 individuals find themselves in the precarious position of casual employment. The Minority Leader underscored the critical role of CRBC in informing, educating, and entertaining the public, stressing that without adequate personnel, the corporation’s objectives would be challenging to achieve.
Following the successful presentation of this crucial motion, the Cross River State House of Assembly reached unanimous resolutions. Firstly, it mandated the immediate establishment of the board of the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, aligning with the provisions of section 3 of the broadcasting corporation law (Cap B3 Law of Cross River State, 2004). Secondly, the Governor was directed, upon the recommendation of the corporation management board, to recruit these long-serving casual workers into the mainstream services of the State, in accordance with section 23 of the law. Lastly, the years of dedicated service rendered by these casual workers were acknowledged, emphasizing the need for consideration in the recruitment and absorption process to ensure their rightful placement within the State civil service.
This significant move spearheaded by Hon Samuel Neji Abang reflects a commitment to addressing the longstanding employment concerns of CRBC’s casual workers, ensuring not only their absorption into the State’s main services but also recognizing their years of service in the recruitment process. The resolutions stand as a testament to the assembly’s dedication to fostering a more robust and equitable working environment within the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation.