Over 80 journalists ‘barred’ from Aso Rock

March 25, 2020
84 Views

The number of State House correspondents was yesterday
pruned to 16 over the coronavirus pandemic. Only one of them is a newspaper
reporter. The number was out of the over100 journalists accredited to cover
activities of the Presidency.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a circular
yesterday listed the correspondents to enter the Villa for media coverage of
any event beginning from today until further notice as the Covid-19 incidence
would dictate as including: “Chairman, State House Press Corps – for
coordination;  NTA crew; Channels TV
crew; TVC crew; FRCN reporter; VON reporter; NAN reporter; The Sun reporter;
ThisDay photographer; Leadership photographer; Daily Trust photographer;
Guardian photographer; and Vanguard photographer.”

Adesina advised those not represented in the list of
selected journalists to liaise with those listed for necessary information as
well as the information officers in the President’s Media Office.

He pleaded for understanding and cooperation as the security
department enforced the restriction measure during what he called “trying
period”.

The circular read: “In view of the current restriction in
the Federal Capital Territory against gathering of not more than 50 persons at
the same time at any venue, as well as to be able to maintain social distancing
following the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, it has become imperative to
drastically review down the presence of the over 100 State House correspondents
who usually rendezvous in the Press Briefing Room in the Presidential Villa
during this period since all other departments have scaled down the presence of
their staff.”

The Chief of Staff to the President and three of his aides
had reportedly tested positive to coronavirus. President Muhammadu was said to
have tested negative.

Meanwhile, members of the Presidential Task Force on
Coronavirus were sighted at State House in Abuja yesterday. President Buhari
yesterday met with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State. The president later
met with the security chiefs.

You may be interested

NUPENG suspends proposed nationwide strike
News
News

NUPENG suspends proposed nationwide strike

Webby - October 10, 2021

The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG), on Sunday, said that the planned strike by its affiliate members,…

How Iyalaje Oodua, Toyin Kolade Promotes Yoruba And African Culture
Politics
1 views
Politics
1 views

How Iyalaje Oodua, Toyin Kolade Promotes Yoruba And African Culture

Webby - October 10, 2021

Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade is a woman with large hearth. She has in the cause of her service to humanity…

Lalong set to swear in 17 LG chairmen, 325 councilors as APC sweeps all in Plateau
News
11 views
News
11 views

Lalong set to swear in 17 LG chairmen, 325 councilors as APC sweeps all in Plateau

Webby - October 10, 2021

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEIC), has declared candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winners of the concluded…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.