Nigeria: We Didn't Shut Out Journalists From Budget Defence Sessions - Lawan

21 October 2019

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, on Monday said it was share misrepresentation of fact to say that journalists were not allowed to cover the budget defence sessions going on at the National Assembly.

Mr Lawan, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi, was reacting to reports published in some dailies recently that the media were shut out of the coverage of the budget defence at the various senate committees.

"There is no shut out of the press from what we do.

"We need the press to tell Nigerians what we are doing. You (journalists) are our friends. That was a misunderstanding of what happened," Mr Lawan said.

The senate president said it should be expected that newsmen, at some point, might be excused from such meetings when sensitive issues that bother on national security were being discussed.

"I want to assure Nigerians that whatever we do in this Senate and indeed in this National Assembly is in the best interest of Nigeria.

"We will not compromise on anything as far as the national interest is concerned," Mr Lawan said.

(NAN)

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Premium Times

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.