Abuja Newspaper Distribution Association, ANDA, has cried to President Mohammadu Buhari to come to their aid over the prolonged dept owned to them by federal government ministries and parastatals.
They made the appeal recently when publishers of Newspapers and Magazines stormed their secretariat in Abuja to demand for the monies owned to them by the distributors.
Lamenting on the situation, the President of the Association, Comrade Joshua Orogun alleged that the government offices was owing his members close to one hundred and twenty million naira, adding that this has crippled their business and rendered some of them jobless.
“Some of my members are being owed up to 12 months, these are verified claims. This issue is affecting our business so much so that we cannot pay the publishers as at when due which is adversely affecting them too.”
Comrade Orogun called on the president to look into the matter and save them and their business from total collapse as some of them cannot meet up their financial obligations at home. He added that if nothing was done, the association will have no other option than to go on strike.
“I am using this opportunity to appeal to our dear president, President Mohammadu Buhari, to save our business so that we are not sent into the already saturated labour market.
“Because of this indebtedness, some of our members have left the business and are just wandering about now; others are just struggling to survive as they cannot meet any responsibility in their homes any more.
“The president should come to our aid to ensure that we are paid promptly as we will be left with no option than to embark on a strike action if the situation persists,” he concluded.
A distributor, who does not want his name in print, stated that they now depend on the sales made by the vendors to survive.
One federal agency visited for verification of the claim made by the distributors admitted that the agency owed the distributor for four months, blaming the prolonged dept by the introduction of Treasury Single Account, TSA, by the present administration.

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