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National Assembly may drop controversial new accreditation guidelines for reporters •Saraki disowns NASS Clerk

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 21/05/2019

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•Senate President, Bukola Saraki
•Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Following intervention of bodies regulating the activities of journalism in the country, the National Assembly Management is planning to drop the stringent accreditation measures for journalists covering both legislative chambers.

News Express, on Tuesday, learnt from a source who was privy to the meeting held by management with leaders of both press corps that there are urgent plans by the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) Mohammed Sani-Omolori not to allow the plans take effect.

According to the source, “The CNA told us that as a leader he was going to take responsibility for the action though it was never approved by him.”

The source said that the CNA promised “to go into the whole matter and get back to us before the close of work today to douse the issue once and for all.”

“As it is, the plan might be dropped as all those fingered in the matter are already denying,” the source added.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate,  Bukola Saraki, has disowned the management of the National Assembly led by Sani-Omolori over the controversial stringent conditions imposed on journalists seeking to cover the activities of the Ninth Assembly.

Saraki, in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, stated that he remained committed to the freedom of the press.

The statement explained that Saraki’s antecedents as the Chairman of the Eight National Assembly showed that he has always believed in the right of journalists to operate unhindered in order to promote transparency.

The President of the Senate, therefore, vowed to institute and probe into the idea behind the guidelines because neither himself nor the Speaker,  House of Representatives,  Yakubu Dogara,  were aware of it.

The statement reads:  “The attention of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has just been drawn to a story that is circulating on social media about the National Assembly issuing new guidelines to journalists.

“These alleged guidelines have not emanated from either the Senate President or the Speaker and will be promptly investigated.

“The public should note that the Eight National Assembly has been committed to the freedom of the press as exemplified by its work to bring governance closer to the people through live streams and live tweets.

“This is because the leadership of the 8th National Assembly believes strongly in the freedom of the press and in carrying the Nigerian public along.

“Hence, the Senate President and all his colleagues will continue to work to ensure that these freedoms remain unhindered,” Onemola said.

•Additional reports by NAN.

Source News Express

Posted 21/05/2019 8:13:30 PM





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