|Maiden Ibru: Guardian Publisher|
No fewer than thirty-two workers of The Guardian newspaper were on Tuesday [28 June] retrenched by the management due to dwindling income. The affected workers, it was learnt, received letters of termination of appointments on Tuesday.
Investigation by PMNEWS revealed that over 100 workers of the company have been slated for retrenchment. More workers are expected to receive their sack letters on Wednesday and later this week. There is apprehension everywhere as affected staff who showed up in the office were immediately issued sack letters.
One of those sacked is the General Editor of The Guardian, Jewell Dafinone who was relieved of his appointment on Tuesday along with others. A staff of the company who craved anonymity expressed apprehension over the development, saying he was not sure of his fate in the company.
The newspaper popularly called the flagship of Nigerian journalism, has been struggling to navigate the stormy ocean of economic woes that have befallen the nation as the company’s income dwindled overtime.
The Guardian was established in 1983 by Alex Ibru, an entrepreneur, and Stanley Macebuh, a top journalist with the Daily Times Group of newspapers. The newspaper is reputed for high-quality journalism in Nigeria with thoughtful editorial contents.
It was first published on 22 February, 1983 as a weekly, appearing on Sundays. It started daily publication on 4 July, 1983.