By TUNDE THOMAS, VINCENT KALU and MUSA JIBRIL
It was one other second of thanksgiving and reward galore as members of the administration and the employees of The Sun Publishing Nig. Ltd gathered on the firm’s company headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, yesterday for the 15th version of the corporate’s annual Thanksgiving Service. On a really clement day and beneath the in a position coordination of Mr Johnson Ogwumike, the corporate’s Senior Supervisor, Inner Audit, who was the day’s Grasp of Ceremony, the occasion kicked off a couple of minutes after 10 am with strong reward and worship session led by The Sun Fellowship and an equally rousing opening prayer from Bro. Leo Nwokoji, the corporate’s Chief Librarian.
A second spherical of praises set the temper for an event that shall be remembered for its gaiety, mirth and exhortation as the corporate’s workforce seemed again over the previous 12 months with a coronary heart of gratitude. It was amidst this environment of exultation that the visitor preacher, Pastor Femi Faseru of Kingsway Worldwide Christian Centre, KICC, Maryland, Lagos, and a well-liked TV preacher, was welcomed into the gathering by Mr Eric Osagie, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun and his administration workforce.
Faseru, Resident Pastor of Kingsway Worldwide Christian Centre (KICC) Maryland and Nationwide Superintendent of KICC Nigeria, is an acclaimed preacher whose ministry is well-known on tv in Nigeria and at worldwide conferences. He’s additionally a sought-after voice on urgent social points by the media.
Mr Osagie, in his opening comment, expressed appreciation to God for making it attainable for the corporate to stay vibrant, regardless of the dire financial state of affairs within the nation. Whereas urging the employees to proceed to be devoted and hardworking, he expressed optimism that the corporate will proceed to soar like an eagle within the new yr.
“In 2018, we were here, and today in 2019 we are here again for another version of our annual Thanksgiving service. We are here not by our might or power but by the grace of God. Those in authorities have told us that Nigerians should tighten their belts that it is going to be a tough year, but it is not going to be tough for The Sun, it is going to be a successful and glorious year,” he declared.
Applauding the employees for his or her dedication and dedication to obligation, Osagie exhorted: “Let’s all proceed to be devoted. Let’s be a part of arms to proceed constructing the corporate. Let’s all proceed to work in oneness. It’s the work that introduced us all right here; let’s proceed to do the job very nicely. It might be robust immediately, however tomorrow can be higher.’’ The employees chorused a loud Amen to his remarks.
His speech was adopted by a sermon from Pastor Faseru, however not earlier than the cleric had thrown some jibes at him.
“Mr Osagie is a wonderful personality. With him, there is no dull moment. After his retirement from secular work, I implore him to come to KICC Bible School to take up the ministry work because he is eminently qualified to be a minister of God. With him on the pulpit, you can’t sleep in the church especially these days when people sleep in the church because he would always say something that would make you laugh.”
Earlier, Mr. Osagie whereas assuring the employees of the supply of sufficient meals, drink and meat with which to have fun the event, had, jocularly urged them to have a fill of the meat of the cow killed for the event. “It cost me about N30,000 to buy grass with which I fed them for three days,” he stated. “Those cows, they can eat. So, now that we have killed one of them because the Lord asked us to have dominion over all living things, including the cow, I want you to punish them for me for costing me the minimum wage by having a fill of their meat.” The viewers laughed at his light-hearted remarks.
Delivering a sermon titled “Who Am I?” Faseru justified why he’s famend as a veritable instructor. Quoting from Mark four:1-9, he famous that God strengthens us via two methods: His individual and His rules. Utilizing the parable of The Sower as an illustration, the preacher emphasised the significance of employees productiveness to the success of any group. He talked about sorts of staff yow will discover in a corporation. They’re, specifically (1) Wayside staff (2) Stony coronary heart staff (three) Thorny staff and (four) the Good Soil staff which he stated can run with concepts and produce outcomes starting from 30, 60 to 100 folds. Whereas he described wayside staff as these staff who don’t nothing, who obtain nothing with both departmental or organizational objectives given to them, he outlined stony coronary heart staff as these staff who initially exhibit some zeal and keenness when they’re newly employed on the work however who alongside the best way develop chilly and complacent, resulting in the dereliction of obligation. Anticipate nothing tangible from such staff, he urged. The thorny staff, he stated, are these staff who’re all the time complaining concerning the state of affairs of issues within the firm and within the course of, poison the minds of others and stop them from giving their greatest. “You give them a ride in your car, but before they drop off at their destination, they would have poisoned your mind about the company with their complaints, gossip and criticisms. They are the ones who go about carrying rumours,” he stated. For any group to achieve success, staff, he famous, should not solely be hardworking but in addition dependable and reliable. They need to belong to the 100-fold staff, he insists.
“Jesus Christ is dependable and reliable like His father; therefore, we should also be reliable,” he adjured, noting, “Lazy and wayside people will never finish any assignment given to them. They will always give excuses.”
He implored the employees to all the time attempt to belong to the 100-fold group by scoring 100% in any assigned activity, reminding them that something much less isn’t value it.
He prayed for a spirit of excellence for the employees and for the group to be excellent in 2019.
“What others are getting in the third quarter of the year, The Sun will get it in the 1st quarter,” he prayed. “Where others struggle, heaven will make it possible for The Sun to prosper. I pray that your productivity this year will be better than that of the other years, as a corporate body and as individuals.” Each assertion he made was punctuated by a loud Amen.
The second a part of the service was the presentation of awards to people from 19 departments of the corporate, who’ve proven excellent efficiency within the execution of their duties and obligations in 2018.
Vincent Ukpong Kalu was declared Reporter of the Yr whereas Job Osazuwa was Options Author of the Yr. Different awardees are: Titilayo Balogun (Most Artistic Web page Planner); Christopher Uche Okobi (Most Diligent Sub-Editor); Anselem Maduagwu (Most Excellent Printing Employees); Bethel Unegbu (Most Excellent Pre-press Employees); Olayiwola Muyideen (Most Excellent Technical Employees) whereas the Nation’s Capital Bureau gained the Most Productive Bureau, the Abuja Plant was declared the Greatest Managed Manufacturing Plant.
Different employees who acquired awards embrace: Chijioke Aliche, Greatest Performing Gross sales Government; Ajibola Badmus, Most Excellent Distribution Employees; John Adeoti, Most Excellent Driver; Ogechukwu Orizu, Most Excellent Advert Government; Samuel Udofia, Most Excellent Advert Manufacturing Employees; Lucy Patrick Atukpor, Most Diligent Account Employees; Pleasure Uche, Most Diligent HR/Admin Employees; Uche A. Uche, Most Diligent Safety Employees, and Ujunwa Obiora, Most Diligent Audit Employees.
Thirty-two members of employees have been honoured with meritorious lengthy service awards. The roll name embrace: Damola Olajumoke (GM, Operations), Femi Adeoti, Adeniji Abiodun Adewale, Wilfred Eya, Okafor Harmless, Henry Umahi, Ogechukwu Orizu, Bethel Unegbu, Chika Agbai, Oluwatoyin Oketunbi, Chioma Oguamanam, Silas Abone, Sunday Okolo, Taofik Adesanya, Dennis Ukoha, Doris Obinna, Pleasure Daniel James, Cletus Amaechi, Gbenga Olatunji, Vivian Onyebukwa, Victor Uwaezuoke, Olunkwa Felix Nwabueze, Prince Ogbonna, Achor Adejo, Olabode Rotimi, Sunday Kalu, Angus Orekie and Nnamdi Eric Ojeh
Led by Mr Eric Osagie (Managing Director/ Editor-in-Chief), the administration of The Sun Publishing that participated in the occasion embrace: Onuoha Ukeh (Editor, Day by day Sun), Femi Babafemi (Editor, Saturday Sun); Chidi Nnadi (Editor, Sunday Sun) and Chidi Obineche (Editor, Particular Investigation).
Others are: Robert Obioha (Chairman, Editorial Board), Damola Olajumoke (GM, Operations), Obinna Kalu (Common Counsel), Johnson Ogwumike (Senior Supervisor, Inner Audit), Dennis Ogierhiakhi (Senior Accountant), Nkiru Obeki (Enterprise Improvement Supervisor) and Jessica Oje-Humphrey (Human Assets Supervisor).
The Sun Thanksgiving, a yearly affair, has, prior to now, been graced by many revered clergymen. They embrace: Rev. Dr. Wilson Badejo (former Basic Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church), Pastor Sam Adeyemi (Daystar Christian Centre), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (Phrase of Life Bible Church and the then CAN president), Pastor Osondu Anyalechi (Evangel Pentecostal Church, Okota, Lagos) and Bishop Humphrey Erumaka (Phrase-Base Christian Meeting, Okota, Lagos). Others are: the Nationwide / Worldwide Coordinator of Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM), Rev. Mercy Ezekiel, Pastor J.T. Kalejaye, a regional evangelist with The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Bishop Mike Okonkwo of TREM and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Senior Pastor, Trinity Home, Lagos.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr Onuoha Ukeh, Editor, Day by day Sun, expressed gratitude to Mr Osagie for sustaining the firm’s custom and in addition for being passionate concerning the employees welfare. The two-hour programme was rounded off with a closing prayer by Mrs Sylvia Esajere, the corporate’s Copy Gross sales Supervisor.