‘Ban on news­pa­per stands by Delta af­fect­ing sales’

The Punch - - NEWS - Matthew Ochei, As­aba

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.’

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