Kano - The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Triumph Publishing Company in Kano, publishers of the Triumph group of newspapers.
Dr Umar Faruk, the Commissioner for Information, who announced the closure while speaking to newsmen on Thursday, said the action was necessary to facilitate some restructuring of the company.
Faruk said that the decision to close down the newspaper was taken at Wednesday's state executive council meeting.
He said that the government had ordered the payment of outstanding three months salary to the members of staff of the company.
The commissioner said that freelance journalists, as well as consultants, were to report to the office of the Head of Service of the state to facilitate payments of their entitlements.
He said the newspaper staff would be posted to other agencies and ministries.
Some of the staff of the company under anonymity decried the situation, noting that it was disheartening to see the down fall of the company due to mismanagement.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Triumph Publishing Company had failed to pay its staff for three months before it was finally shut down
In his reaction, the Chairman of the Triumph Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Usman Awadabe, said that the members of staff of the company had accepted the closure of the newspaper in good faith.
He also said that they were optimistic that their new placements would favour them.