How 12 Nigerian Newspapers Shared N12 Million Collected From Dasuki (DETAILS)

How 12 Nigerian Newspapers Shared N12 Million Collected From Dasuki (DETAILS)

By Signal on December 13, 2015
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Newspapers are displayed at a vendor's stand along a road in Obalende district in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, July 30, 2013. | Reuters

The dust raised by the revelation that a num­ber of newspapers al­legedly received funds from the ex-National Security Adviser to President Good­luck Jonathan is yet to settle as the Newspaper Propri­etors Association of Nigeria, NPAN has reacted to earlier denials of the affected me­dia houses.

According to a report by The Sun, NPAN, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Feyi Smith, said that the money paid to the newspapers was compensation for the disrup­tion of newspaper circulation carried out by the military while searching for terrorist materials.

It noted that the offer of compensation by the former President Jonathan’s NSA was discussed and accepted by the Executive Council of NPAN.

The statement reads in full: “Our attention has been drawn to statements issued by the Nigerian Tribune, Peoples’ Daily and New Tele­graph Newspapers claiming that they did not receive the compensation for the military disruption of circulation of newspapers by the Federal Government.

“It should be recalled that the Newspaper Propri­etors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) Executive Council meeting of March 17, 2015, held at the offices of Daily Trust, Abuja, resolved to ac­cept the N120 million com­pensation and passed two other resolutions thereto:

(1) that each member-or­ganisation accepts to donate N1 million from the compen­sation to the Association for the up-keep of the Secretariat;

(2) that members should bring their membership ac­count current, by paying all past dues to the Secre­tariat before collecting their cheques.

The cheques for the Ni­gerian Tribune and Peoples’ Daily remain in the Secre­tariat awaiting collection.

“In the case of New Tele­graph, the Secretariat was confronted with a situation where 13 newspapers made claims while compensa­tion for 12 newspapers was made. Blueprint Newspa­pers, which was inadvertently omitted from the list has since been paid.

“When New Telegraph now demanded payment that had been collected by Blueprint Newspapers, the secretariat then brought the matter to the attention of the President, Mr. Nduka Obaig­bena, who then called Gover­nor Orji Kalu, the Publisher of both the Sun Newspapers (who had been paid) and the New Telegraph (which has not been paid), to urge him to be patient for the matter to be tabled at the next Executive Council meeting, where he would seek the approval of the EXCO to take the funds earmarked for the Secretariat to pay them.”

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