Drama unfolded today at the ongoing 5th GMD conference of Energy Group owned by business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim.
While Ibrahim himself was delivering a lecture on business development strategies at the conference taking place at NICON Luxury Hotel, some NUJ protesters invaded the conference room, singing solidarity songs and asking for payment of their salaries.
The protesters were journalists under the employ of Jimoh Ibrahim’s media companies, National Mirror Newspapers and Newswatch newspapers and magazine. Most of the workers were being owed up to 13 months salaries.
Interestingly, the Managing Directors of the newspaper companies were in the conference room when the drama unfolded.
Ibrahim however tried to hide his anger by simply going on with his lecture amid interruptions by the head of the protesters who kept saying: “You must pay us our salaries. This cannot continue. This conference cannot continue until you address those journalists outside”.
Security was able to take the protesters out but they continued their protest outside the venue.
But Ibrahim could not hide his anger midway into the conference as he continued ranting about how a company that cannot generate its own salaries would expect him to go and borrow from the bank to pay for them.
At a point in the middle of the tension soaked conference, he caught one of the National Mirror bosses in the conference making a call and warned him to stop that or get barred from the conference.
During the conference still, he mentioned the fact that any of his companies that does not pay up all salaries owed by December 31, 2016, will be shut down.