PLATEAU: ONE YEAR AFTER, PLATEAU PUBLISHERS’ ASSOCIATION (PPA) HAS NO BANK ACCOUNT, MORE NON-INDIGENOUS PUBLISHERS, THREATENING TO WITHDRAW

By: Eunice Maina and Reuben Egbah,

It is already a public shock that, One year and Two months, after some Newspapers/Magazine Publishers and Online Media owners/Operators in Plateau State were brought under an umbrella, code named: Plateau Publishers’ Association, the Association is yet to open a Bank Account with any Bank in the state, to enable members know the transactions of the body at a glance.

Findings of this Newspaper reveals that, the Association, despite over one year of its operation in the state after formation is still stocked to human-Bank, as money from any of its transaction or dealings are still kept with individual members depending on the time and place or shared instantly.

Also revealed during this investigation is the fact that, the Association, One Year into its operations, with its members and leadership is still not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Within the last 12 months of the Associations existence in the state, some members have withdrawn their membership, owing to these observed lapses.

You would recall that, the first to withdraw his membership from the Association through a social media publication (Online) is the Publisher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Editor-in-Chief of REALITY Newspapers, Prince Valentine Adese (JP), few months after electing leaders for the Association.

REALITY in the course of the investigation has strongly been notified and informed that, more members are gearing to tender their resignation letters any day the Association calls for congress/meeting from now.

Sadly, more Non-Plateau Indigenes in the Association, are also in the fold of those, who are aggrieved with the happenings in the Association and want to withdraw their memberships on the grounds of discrimination on tribal and nepotism been exhibited.

While some aggrieved Plateau indigenes, who are also planning to withdraw their membership, have opined that, the Association has now become more of a Taroh Family/Friends affair, than for people whose basic trade is the publishing business.

“Do you know that, 60% of our members have no identifiable office? But, when you go to a function, especially, Government organized functions you would be shocked, that you would be shown a list of over 29 members. Please kindly investigate and publish the offices of these 29 people, who claim to be in the publishing business and you would discover that in most cases they share one address and from one home.

“See we are trained to avoid any body, organization or association where the risk is more than the benefits and PPA seems to be one.” They deposited.

GET MORE DETAILS AND DEVELOPMENTS AS THE ASSOCIATION PLAN TO HOLD MEETING ON THE 30TH OF JUNE, 2020.

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