‘Ban on newspaper stands by Delta affecting sales’
FOLLOWING the ban on newspaper stands along the major roads by the Delta State Government, the Print Media Sales Executive, Delta State chapter, has raised the alarm over the drastic drop in the sales of newspapers in the state.
The chairman of the association, Mr Collins Segun, said the drop in sales was as a result of the activities of the operatives of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency who continually destroys their stands.
Segun, who stated this on Wednesday in Asaba, noted that his association and that of vendors had written to the agency with a plea to exempt the newspaper vendors from the law banning road-side traders to vacate the roads but had yet to receive a reply.
He said, “There is no place in the world where newspapers are not being sold along major roads. Our sales have dropped drastically.
“It is affecting us and with the way things are going now, there may come a time when vendors will not be allowed to sell anymore. It is through newspapers that they (government) read and through which people get to know their policies and programmes.
“Newspapers do not litter the environment, so we are appealing to the government to allow us do our business and we will do our part to ensure that the environment is kept properly clean. We wish the Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration a prosperous New Year.”
The association called on the governor to intervene and address the situation, assuring him of its support in delivering a ‘stronger Delta.’