New Guidelines For Media Houses Covering NASS Did Not Emanate From Us — Senate Leadership

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New Guidelines For Media Houses Covering NASS Did Not Emanate From Us — Senate Leadership President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has denied issuing new guidelines for accreditation of media house and journalists covering National Assembly activities. Speaking through his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, Dr. Saraki, has stated that he has and will always remain committed to the freedom of the press. Responding in a series of tweets about the alleged new guidelines for journalists in the National Assembly, the Senate President stated that his antecedents as the Chairman of the 8th National Assembly show that he has always believed in the right of journalists to operate unhindered in order to promote transparency. The New Media aide also emphasized that the purported issuance of the controversial guidelines would be promptly investigated. He tweeted: “The attention of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar 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 8th 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. Meanwhile a source at the National Assembly who prefers not to be named because he is not authroised to speak to the Press has told SKYTREND NEWS that Dr Abubakar Saraki is to issue query to NASS Clerk for issuing the new guidelines without the NASS leadership approval. ‘ According to the source, when asked, the Clerk of  NASS denied issuing the release and says it was the Director of Information to NASS that issued it without seeking his approval. The source however reveals that the statement by the clerk to NASS Leadership that the director of information issued the statement without his approval is “bollocks”, adding that that the latter dares not issue any statement without clerk of National Assembly approval. Conversely the clerk is meant to take instructions from the Senate President and Speaker. SKYTREND NEWS has it on good authority that the new guidelines will commence as from June 11. READ ALSO! RenMoney 24-Hour No Collateral Loan: Scam Or Balm? READ ALSO! Is N-Power Truly Empowering Nigerian Youths? READ ALSO! The RenMoney Story: How Real Is The 24-Hour, No Collateral Loan? READ ALSO! How Nigeria’s N-Power Is Empowering Youths: All You Need To Know READ ALSO! Nigeria’s GDP Grew In Real Terms To 2.01% In Q1 2019 READ ALSO! 10million More Nigerians Have Been Lifted From Poverty Under Buhari — Presidency Says READ ALSO! The Smart CEO: Top 5 Websites To Get Cheap Domain Name Registration]]>