Some com­mit­tees lock out jour­nal­ists

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah & Fran­cis Okeke

Some com­mit­tees of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence barred jour­nal­ists from cov­er­ing their sit­tings yes­ter­day.

The 20 com­mit­tees sat at the Na­tional Ju­di­cial In­sti­tute (NJI) and NICON Lux­ury Ho­tel Abuja.

Daily Trust ob­served that most of the com­mit­tees have al­lowed jour­nal­ists to cover their pro­ceed­ings at the be­gin­ning.

In NICON Lux­ury, for in­stance, jour­nal­ists were al­lowed to cover nine of the 10 com­mit­tees that sat there.

Only com­mit­tee on land ten­ure and na­tional bound­aries pre­vented jour­nal­ists from cov­er­ing its pro­ceed­ings.

Jour­nal­ists cov­ered pro­ceed­ings of com­mit­tees on civil so­ci­ety, labour and sports; pub­lic ser­vice; po­lit­i­cal par­ties and elec­toral mat­ters; for­eign pol­icy and di­as­pora mat­ters; econ­omy, trade and in­vest­ment; en­ergy; re­li­gion; pub­lic fi­nance and rev­enue; and Im­mi­gra­tion and re­lated mat­ters.

In NJI also, jour­nal­ists were al­lowed to cover the pro­ceed­ings of the com­mit­tees on po­lit­i­cal re­struc­tur­ing and forms of govern­ment, na­tional se­cu­rity, among oth­ers.

Jour­nal­ists were also al­lowed into com­mit­tees such as pol­i­tics and gov­er­nance, so­cial sec­tor, agri­cul­ture, among oth­ers dur­ing the early hours of the day.

The con­fer­ence sec­re­tariat didn’t in­di­cate that jour­nal­ists will be locked out from some com­mit­tees’ sit­tings last week when the con­fer­ence dis­solved into com­mit­tees.

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