Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has rejoiced with owners, management and staff of TVC Communications, owners of TVC and Max FM, Nigeria’s internationally renowned television and radio stations, for its restoration of operations to inform, educate and entertain people in and outside Nigeria.
Recall that hoodlums on Wednesday attacked the TV station’s head office at Ketu and set it ablaze hours after the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters which generated uproars in the country.
Reacting to TVC’s return after the incident, the Lagos State NUJ, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, saluted the courage and commitment of the staff who, despite personal losses, returned to work to ensure Nigerians and people outside the country “are not denied inestimable services of the award-winning television station.”
The statement reads: “It is a great comeback that deserves great applause, considering the monumental devastation suffered by the broadcasting outfits in a well-reported violent attack by irate youths, who suddenly hijacked Nigerian youths’ #EndSARS protests and set the headquarters in Lagos ablaze on Wednesday, October 21,2020.
“We salute the courage and commitment of the TVC staff who, despite personal losses also suffered in the mass destruction carried out by the rampaging thugs and arsonists, returned to work to ensure Nigerians and people outside the country are not denied inestimable services of the award-winning television station.
“We believe the story of TVC will reflect a Yoruba saying that “Ile Oba t’ojo, ewa lo bu kun”; meaning “The burnt palace of a king is a blessing in disguise”.
“Though TVC, currently, does not have a chapel of the NUJ, the internationally acclaimed station nevertheless provides employment and exposure to many of our colleagues and members, who are professionals of reckoning in the industry.
“Once again, we congratulate the owners, management and entire staff of TVC for its immediate return to the broadcasting airwaves.”