Delta state chapter of the Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria (ACNPN), has suspended three of its members, Comrades Precious Enebuse, Valerie Opia and Lucky Odili, for alleged disregards of the ACNPN constitution.
Their suspension was contained in a press statement made available to Emeraldng.com by the chairman of the association, Comrade Jude Obiemenyego, in Asaba on Friday.
The chairman said the suspended members went ahead to form a parallel association of publishers in Ndokwa/Ukwuani area known as Ndokwa Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), contrary to the constitution of the association.
The statement reads in part: “The congress of the Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria (ACNPN), Delta state chapter, has during, its meeting of May 31, 2018 held in Asaba, suspended comrades Precious Enebuse, Publisher of Grassroot Trumpet; Valerie Opia, publisher of Ukwuani Aglow and Lucky Odili, publisher of the Epic.”
“They are to remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigative/ethic and disciplinary committee, made up of three members, Comrades Jude Chukwuha (chairman), Princess Ichufu and Ike Abiagom.”
The committee members, according to the statement, have one month to submit their report.
The statement which was signed by 19 members of the association, furhter stated: “The public is hereby notified of the suspension of Enebuse, Opia and Odili, advising the general public, government and corporate entities not to deal with them as members of ACNPN, pending the determination of their disciplinary committee.”
Those copied include, the Commissioner of Information in the state, the Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State governor, the commissioner of Police, Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Secretary to the State Government, local government chairmen of Ukwuani and Ndokwa West and East, President General of Ndokwa Neku Union, Manager Communication SA to the governor on Community newspaper and the Public Relations Officer, Delta State government House.