The Kwara government has redeployed some 106 employees of its three media organisations to the state civil service.
The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Tunji Morounfoye, who disclosed this on Sunday in llorin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the workers were redeployed to various ministries of the state government.
He said the step was part of efforts to "right size" the staff of the media organisations with a view to reinvigorating their operations.
According to him, 63 employees of the state Printing and Publishing Corporation, publisher of the Herald Newspapers, were redeployed.
The remaining 43 were from the state Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Kwara), and Kwara Television Authority.
According to Morounfoye, the redeployment, which takes immediate effect, is aimed at rescuing the media houses from bloated workforce and unbearable payroll burden.
He said the situation had affected the capacity of the media organisations to pay salaries as at when due, and to run stable operations.
When NAN visited the three media houses at the weekend, most of the affected workers, especially the editorial staff, had left for their respective new offices.
Some of them told NAN that the exercise was an act of God, while others felt dejected and vowed to resign their appointments.