The Sunday February 14 signing of MOU between Federal Government and the Bankers Committee has generated a lot of reactions, misinformation and misinterpretation from the Press and these have understandably raised some concerns for the workers of the National Theatre. Due to this development and the silent grumblings of the s justtaff force, the ever concerned GM/CEO Professor Sunday E. Ododo fsonta, FNAL, in company of the Management staff met with the Joint Congress of AUPCTRE and RATTAWU in the Cinema Hall I of the National Theatre today Tuesday 16, 2021, to allay the fears of the staff who might feel that new development is a threat to their jobs.
During the address to the Joint Congress which lasted for over 3hrs, the GM/CEO educated the workers on the MoU which was signed and how it was going to benefit the workers. He emphasized that the Bankers Committee intervention was to Revamp and Restore the National Theatre to its glory. Professor E. Ododo fsonta, FNAL said the Act setting up the National Theatre remained unchanged hence the jobs of the current workforce are all but guaranteed. He further said the direct impact of the MoU and the resultant Joint Venture in the running of the iconic edifice is that the workers are going to now concentrate more on the core mandate of the National Theatre which is to Present, Promote and Preserve Nigeria’s cultural heritage to the world.
After his address the GM/CEO took questions from both the workers and the labour Unionleaders who were seated alongside the Management on the high table. Both Union leaders expressed their appreciation of the fatherly role being played by Professor Sunday E. Ododo not only during this epochal period but since he assumed leadership of the National Theatre. The workers who came into the meeting skeptical about the process left with optimism that the GM/CEO Professor E. Ododo had the best interest of the National Theatre and the workers at heart. His level of transparency and the quickness with which he conveyed the Joint Congress on his own volition was a testimony to his proactive leadership.