NAN retracts story, suspends three staff

The management of the News Agency of Nigeria has retracted a story published on June 26, 2017 on alleged increase in school fees in federal, state and private universities.

The story,  entitled, “38 Nigerian Universities increase tuition fees – ASUU,” was credited to Dr. Deji Omole, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan chapter.

In a statement issued through its portal on Sunday, the agency said: “The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, has carried out checks on the story and discovered that standard editorial procedures were not followed to verify its authenticity. The alleged press statement was found to have been mailed to a member of staff of the Agency who passed it on for publication. The statement was utterly false,”

The story was also inadvertently transmitted by NAN after failing integrity tests.

The Management said on Sunday: “This is to assure our numerous clients that NAN will continue to maintain its policy of credibility, fairness, justice and not compromise its professional ethics.”

Meanwhile three senior editorial staff involved in the processing of the story have been suspended without pay by the management. Their suspension a warning that the NAN will not tolerate breaches of its editorial integrity.

The NAN Management said it will send a letter of apology to Dr. Omole.

The NAN Management regretted the story and has apologised to its subscribers and It has also urged subscribers to trash the story from their websites.

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