Malam Yusuf Zango, the out-going Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has advised members of staff to always justify their earnings through hardwork.
Zango, who would pull out on Thursday after 32 years in service, urged staff members to strive to achieve higher productivity as a matter of obligation to the nation and Allah.
Zango made the call at a special Quránic recitation and prayer session organised by staff to bid him farewell on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, whatever earnings an employee gets he or she must justify it by working hard even without supervision from superior officers.
“We are all accountable to God ultimately for take home pay we did not work for”.
He urged the staff members to endeavour to put into practice the teachings of their respective faiths to enjoy the fruits of their labour at the end of the day.
Zango said his experiences all through these years were most rewarding as he worked with some tough officers at the agency.
He appealed to the staff to maintain the existing cordial relationship which he will cherish at all times, saying: “We need to forgive one another our shortcomings in the course of working together to achieve common goals for the agency.’’
He said he was impressed by the turnout of participants during the prayer session and said the memories would linger for a long time.
He said the ceremony was the first of its kind to be held for retiring staff since he joined the services of the agency.
Zango also sought forgiveness from any of his colleagues that may have any misgiving in the course of his call to duty and stewardship EIC.
“Along the line during my stay in NAN I came across different people but I tried all I could to carry everyone along,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the agency’s Masjid Management Committee, Alhaji Biola Lawal, said the event was necessary for the outgoing editor-in- chief who served meritoriously in different capacities and now bowing out on a high note.
He urged the celebrator to continue to be steadfast in the service of his creator, saying that rewards will not cease from coming in his hours of needs.
Lawal, who is also the Director of Marketing, recalled an encounter he had with the outgoing editor-in-chief, which humbled him immensely about worldly affairs.
Also speaking, former National Auditor of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Mustapha Lamidi, extolled the virtues of the out-going editor-in- chief, especially his commitment to the promotion of Islam.
He urged Zango to see the retirement as another opportunity to receive some favours from Allah, rather than going into untold hardship.