Disquiet in Jos over Buhari’s visit
….As Plateau NUJ tackles Govt over accreditation
From Muhammad Tanko, in Jos
As President Muhammadu Buhari, visits Jos, Plateau State Capital, the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ) has faulted a commissioner’s decision to cut down on the size of reporters to cover the event.
Secretary to State Council of the NUJ, Peter Amine, said: “The State Commissioner of Information gave us only fifteen accredited press tags, and there is no how we can all be at the venue.
“The commissioner said since the events will be aired live on NTA and PRTV, other colleagues can seat back to cover the event, he said the decision to give few tags was due directive from the presidency, that they don’t want too much crowd,” Amine added.
He then said:”You should not move because they said, anyone without the tag the security will not allow him to cover the event.”
The NUJ leadership said as for those in the television houses only there camera men were hence allowed to cover the event.
Majority of the journalists who were hindered from covering the visit stormed the NUJ press Centre lamenting on the development , while some others made up their mind to “sit at home and take some rest.”
They expressed shock that such a national event could be handled without regard to their professional responsibilities.
some of the affected journalists, while speaking to Politics Today, wondered how only a Camera man should be allowed to cover the event without his Reporter noting that such was unheard of, in the practice of the profession.
The leadership of the state Council who were made part of the organizing committee by the state government were also lashed at, for failing to protect “the interest of its teeming members.”
They committee’s order that other journalists should monitor the event from the live broadcast in local station was also frowned at.