The Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association (ANDA) has congratulated the new leadership of Newspapers Proprietors Association Of Nigeria (NPAN) that was elected and announced last Wednesday.
ANDA’s President, Comrade Emmanuel John, in a statement he signed and made available to the press on behalf of the newspaper distributors, said the re-election of the Chairman of Media Trust, publishers of the Daily Trust Newspapers and Trust Television, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, was a right step in the right direction.
Mr Emmanuel said newspapers distributors had great confidence in the ability and capacity of Mallam Kabiru and his team, to take NPAN to the next enviable level. He assured NPAN of the maximum co-operation of distributors in ensuring that the newspaper industry continues to survive despite all odds.
The President of the Abuja newspapers distributors association stressed the need for NPAN to take seriously the issue of monetization that has continued to hurt the newspaper industry. He appealed to NPAN leadership to engage the federal government with a view to cancelling the policy so that monies appropriated for newspapers could be used for that purpose.
On the decay of infrastructure at the Abuja distribution center and distributors welfare, Mr Emmanuel pleaded with the NPAN leadership and members to contribute generously towards erection of befitting structures and also review commissions on all titles from the present 30% to 40% to alleviate the pains of distributors and vendors who are finding it very difficult to cope with the current economic crisis in the country.