Following the official resumption of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society, the Chief Executive Officer, Miebi Bribena has appealed to first timers who are yet to receive any alert from their bank to remain calm, as the payment is being done in batches.
He said the anxiety of members is understandable after the three months pause period but added that those who are yet to be paid should not feel bad but excercise patience as they will surely be paid.
He announced that the cooperative is also boosting its trading and will continue to do so, in order to generate more funds to pay the first timers and then commence the clearing of all outstanding payments.
According to him, there is no need to panic and advised members to avoid mounting pressure on him and his officers as that may distract them and slow down the laid out plans for full recovery of the system.
In a statement issued on Saturday he said: “Pressure is mounting from everywhere to be the first individual or branch to be paid and it’s distracting at this point. Everyone wants to be first and it’s difficult to succumb to such pressure.
“It’s also difficult for us to break the sequence we have marked out to sort this situation out. We call for continuous patience. It’s a tough and challenging period but I still call for extreme restraint.
“Remember we are fixing a very difficult situation and it will not be fully over just now. At the end of this process we trust no one will lose the worth of their principal”.
Bribena said he decided to issue the press statement to douse tension over on-going insinuations of selective payments and also to bring members of Baraza up to speed with the activities upon resumption.
Meanwhile in an interview with some members of the cooperative on Friday in Yenagoa, it was confirmed that they have started receiving payment alerts from their respective banks for the second day.
A member of the cooperative who spoke to Nigerdeltaconnect, said he was in doubt earlier until he got an alert from his bank on Thursday, July 22, which restored his confidence that indeed Baraza was back.
“I thought it was not going to happen but on Thursday I was paid. I appeal to other members who have not gotten to remain calm. Miebi Bribena was not just talking or making excuses whatsoever concerning the payments, he was serious”, he said.