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Anambra assembly scraps National Light newspaper

The Anambra House of Assembly has shut down the state-owned National Light newspaper.

• December 14, 2023
NATIONAL LIGHT NEWSPAPER and ANAMBRA ASSEMBLY
NATIONAL LIGHT NEWSPAPER[credit -Newspaper] ANAMBRA ASSEMBLY[credit -premium times]

On Thursday, the Anambra House of Assembly repealed the law establishing the state’s Newspapers and Printing Corporation, publishers of the state-owned National Light newspaper.

The house passed the bill repealing the Act during its plenary session through voice votes conducted by the speaker, Somtochukwu Udeze.

The parliament’s majority leader, Ikenna Ofodeme, on November 21, sponsored the bill calling for the repeal of the Anambra State Newspapers and Printing Corporation Law 1994.

According to him, the corporation has become moribund, economically unviable and no longer serves its established purposes.

The speaker said, “The Anambra State Newspapers and Printing Corporation Law 1994 is hereby repealed. The bill further stipulates the transitional provisions under which the governor, at his discretion, may redeploy all the supporting staff of the corporation to ministries, departments and agencies upon the commencement of this law.

“Pay compensation to all the staff of the former state corporation in view of their deployment and pay the staff their gratuities and pensions. The law may be cited as the Anambra State Newspapers and Printing Corporation Repeal Law 2023 and shall come into force on December 14.”

The speaker, therefore, directed the acting clerk of the house, Okechukwu Nwobi, to send the clean copy of the bill to the governor for his assent.

(NAN)

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