Distressed Mirror newspaper workers storm conference venue as Publisher, Jimoh Ibrahim, delivers lecture

Jimoh Ibrahim Photo: PointBlank News

Distressed workers of the National Mirror and Newswatch Times on Monday stormed the Nicon Luxury, Abuja, venue of the Global Fleet Group annual management conference as its group managing director and publisher of two newspapers, Jimoh Ibrahim, was delivering a lecture to top management staff of the company.

The workers, who have gone for about nine months without salary, stormed the venue when Mr. Ibrahim was in the middle of the lecture on how China’s development strategy has helped keep her ahead of America and other countries of the world today.

The placard wielding workers invaded the lecture venue chanting solidarity songs to demand the payment of their arrears of salaries.

But the protesters did not stop Mr. Ibrahim from going ahead with his lecture, which was broadcast live on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) national network.

“Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim why are you deceiving people?” the leader of the protesting workers could be heard from the background shouting. “Enough is enough. We cannot continue like this. You are talking about China when you have not paid us our salaries for months. You must pay us today to enable us take care of our families.”

Mr. Ibrahim, who appeared not perturbed by the protesters, merely directed that the live television coverage continue, dismissed the workers’ action as a distraction and one of those things to avoid if any company desires to succeed like China.

He later asked the security operatives to take the protesters out of the venue.

“These are staff of the National Mirror who cannot generate their own salary, and they expect the company to make money from the company to pay them. Is that practically okay? That is not possible. I have said it that any arm of the group that cannot generate money to pay its salary would be shut down.

“What we are telling our friends in the media department is that they must be sustainable.If you are not profitable, you cannot be sustainable. Profitability is a key issue in continuity. If you are in media and you cannot generate your own salary, where do you expect the payment of your salary to come from?” Mr. Ibrahim said.

“There is no democracy in corporations. Any corporation talks about democracy in corporation will fail. Democracy works in government. In government, the issue is service to the people. But, in corporation, it is about strategy, profits and survival. It does not matter how.

“Jimoh Ibrahim cannot be a nice man all his life. But, he needs to take a decision, no matter who is down,” he said.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    I agree completely with Jimoh Ibrahim that the Mirror should not only generate enough to pay staff salaries but should also make profit. I rule the unruly workers completely out of order.

    • Action Group

      Both of you are wicked souls,was the generation of revenue to pay the staff part of the rules of engagement? if not,he should pay them off and fold the company.Is it by force that he must deep his hands in so many pies?

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You are a deranged animal. Can’t I express an opinion without being attacked by lunatic you?

  • timbee

    Mr. man pay those workers their salaries you devils incarnate. how can you owe workers for 9 months. if you knew they were not productive why didn’t you fire them. stop lying to yourself and do what is right.

  • Omo Akin

    “….But, in corporation, it is about strategy, profits and survival. It does not matter how.” This is really scary. This single statement revealed the thought process of Mr. Ibrahim. The meaning is that it does not matter how you make money. Profits, survival etc are all about money. This is a notice for Nigerians. He who has ears, let him hear.

    • Fred Duke

      He is right in a way. He was comparing corporations with government offices. In the short run, it doesn’t matter how a recipe for failure) but in the long run, the “how” is what matters. But while government is all about service delivery in a manner that is “fair to all men”, and “without fear or favour “, it is a different ball game in the private sector where what matter include profit, strategy, survival, and competition. You can’t be a nice guy who is fair to all in a corporation. Rather, you’re seen as a manager, not a civil “servant”. You’re the boss, not a servant to your corporation as it is TGE case in the govt circle where even the chief executive is still seen as and is actually a public “servant”.

  • International games

    Mr. Ibrahim is 100% correct. If an enterprise is NOT making money, you cannot keep it open. The question is why has he kept the workers instead of firing them? If he fired them, he should have paid them first. The government MUST make him pay them and shut the business. The problem is even the government employs people they cannot pay, just to give people the feeling that they are employed. Reality is dawning on the African now.

    • Onike24

      That’s why he hasn’t fired them, he cannot afford to pay them off. Ordinarily, they should be able to petition that the company be wound up, because it cannot meet its obligations, which is what happened to his brother in” crime” Nduka in the UK. How can you owe salaries for nine months and be so disrespectful to your employees? Only in Nigeria

  • Dazmillion

    Pay them first for their labour, then fire them if the company is not making money. I saw a recent advert for job vacancies at the mirror newspaper. If the media house is not making money, why are you hiring new staff. Why keep a bankrupt business open?

  • Sunday OGUNKANMI

    Media could generate its salary and even make profit if the conditions are right. Of course, they could never be right in Jimoh Ibrahim’s empire.
    Media need a gesticulstion period before it starts generating money. During that period, you need to pour adequate capital, right personnel and right editorial policy that would sit well with its audience. If any of this mix is missing, the medium is in trouble.
    Those newspapers making profit today had stories of ups, downs, twists and turns to tell. Only journalists with management acumen and perhaps, without conscience could run media successfully.
    Media is not brewery, banks or oil companies that you can run the same way.
    Deep pockets like Ibrahim who run successful newspapers do so with proxy managers who are intelligent and experienced journalists who know the economics of the business.
    We are ready to engage Ibrahim or his proxies in this debate if and when they are ready. If running news medium is just an easy peasy thing like that, where are the likes of Democrat, Third Eye, The Republic, NEXT and the likes today?

  • Sparzo

    Nigerian business con men. He looks like he has been well paid, but will use workers as slaves.
    Why did he not shut the mirror nine months ago,when he realised he could not pay them?

  • No salaries for nine months? How could this man sleep at night? Oh God….

  • Action Group

    Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim does not fear God,he is s a very wicked soul and nemesis will definitely catchup with him for his wickedness and arrogance to his teeming staff who he treats with scorn and disdain.He who the gods wants to destroy,they first made mad,Mr.Ibrahim has always been a failure and shall remain a failure in all his endeavors except he pays these souls that have sweated for him.”Igboran san ju ebo ri ru”.

    • Oskirin

      dnt mind him…d aviation intervention fund of 35b is still dere under jona whn he bought ova virgin nigeria.he must return it.

  • Fula

    Sue him and let him go and use this rationale as his defence in court. shior!!!!