TVC recounts station destruction, says 250 workers jobless



No fewer than 250 staff of Television Continental at Ikosi , Ketu , Lagos State , have been rendered jobless after arsonists burnt the station.
The Chief Executive Officer of the station, Mr Andrew Hanlon , added that over 500 direct employees of the station had been struggling to work in temporary accommodation put up by the company .
Halon stated these on Thursday when the state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo – Olu , visited the management and staff of the station.
Some hoodlums attacked the station after the # EndSARS protest turned violent .
Transmission gadgets , state – of -the- art studios , production rooms and operational vehicles of TVC , including cars of staff, were set ablaze .
Hanlon took the governor round the main auditorium, which was the hub of the TV station’s operation . It was razed .
The auditorium housed three main studios , three control rooms , three master control rooms and a central transmission laboratory said to have been equipped with modern communication gadgets worth millions of dollars .
All left in the building were charred materials .
He said, “ After the rioters invaded our premises and set the place on fire , some buildings in the premises survived . But the main transmission building was completely destroyed and it was the hub of our operations . The rioters cast fear and terror in the hearts of our employees when they broke in last week ’ s Wednesday morning .
“ People ’ s hard work and huge investment that went down into the TV station were destroyed in a period of about an hour . The incident was really traumatising for all of us. The rioters left immense devastation . The entire interior of the building was destroyed . This is all that is left of our bubbling building , which was a centrepiece . Thankfully , no member of staff died in the incident . ”
Hanlon said the immediate priority of the management of the TV station was to ensure that all direct employees were looked after , stressing that the means of livelihood of thousands of indirect workers attached to the brand had been threatened .

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