Publishers to monitor Paris Club refund disbursement in Imo State

Newspaper publishers in Imo State have vowed to monitor the disbursement of the N7 billion Paris Club Refund in the state to pensioners and other workers being owed by the government.
In a letter to the governor of the state, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, and made available to the press, the publishers, under the auspices of the Independent Newspaper Publishers Association (INPA), stated that they would not shy away from their constitutional responsibility as watchdog of the society, no matter the intimidation.
The INPA members stated that they doubted the sincerity of the government that had promised to pay the huge debts to the pensioners and others going by the secrecy that shrouded the disbursement of the previous tranche.
The group, therefore, urged the government to constitute a committee of eminent persons to oversee the disbursement and ensure that the sufferings of pensioners are mitigated.
The committee, according to INPA, should be made up of representatives of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the clergy, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUP), INPA, civil society organizations and government officials.
The association urged the government to tow the line of Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and others and publish its indebtedness to the pensioners and to publish the disbursement.
The letter, signed by the association’s chairman, Elder Lambert Ojukwu, and Secretary, Elder Chukwuemeka Ike, on behalf, of 12 newspaper expressed the members’ gladness that the governor had admitted receipt of the money.
It stated that these measures were to allay the fears of Imo people and “possibly rekindle their lost trust, confidence and hope” in the Imo State government.

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