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The Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) has condemned the new guidelines issued by the National Assembly on the accreditation of media houses and online Publishers covering the National Assembly.

The GPBN in a Press release issued in Lagos last night and personally signed by its National President Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN),said the guidelines is a violation of the Fundamental Human Rights of Journalists as enshrined in Section 39 of the 1999 constitution of Nigerian as amended on the freedom of Expression and Free Press.

The Guild urged the National Assembly to immediately reverse the guidelines.

It went further to say that the Association is already reaching out to sister Associations like the Nigerian Guild Of Editors , Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Broadcasting Organization Of Nigeria and other relevant Media Associations in order to take necessary actions against the National Assembly if it refuses to withdraw the guidelines.

The GPBN called on its members across the globe to remain calm and await further directives from the Association

These Are The New Accredition Guidelines

NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF MEDIA ORGANISATIONS, JOURNALISTS/ CORRESPONDENTS COVERING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

1.0 Number of journalists/correspondents to be accredited for prints, electronic and online media for Senate and House of Representatives respectively.

1.1 Television – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameraman
1.2 Radio 1 Reporter
1.3 Independent Producers – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameramen
1.4 Online Media 1 Reporter and 1 Photographer

CLASSIFICATION OF ACCREDITATION
2.1 Permanent Accreditation
2.2 Temporary Accreditation
2.3 Foreign/lnternational Media Houses
2.4 Freelance

3.0 REQUIREMENT FOR PERMANENT ACCREDITATION OF JOURNALISTS/CORRESPONDENTS FOR PRINT, ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA ORGANISATIONS

3.1 Evidence of certificate of incorporation of the media organisation.
3.2 Evidence of membership of professional bodies for media organization.
3.3 Proof of membership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with registration number.

3.4 Code of certification from the National Library for the media organization.

3.5 Functional Bureau in Abuja (Staff Strength not less than 5 Editorial staff and daily circulation of 40,000 copies for the print media with evidence to support the claimed circulation figure.

3.6 Media Houses must be publishing daily and on weekend (Applicable to Online Media).

3.7 Re-certification form must be signed and endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Media organization Bureau Chief, City Editor as the case may be.

3.8 The Media organization concerned must have experience of covering proceedings of the National Assembly for at least two (2) years before applying for permanent accreditation.

3.9 All media organization will submit a copy of its income tax return for the last two years.

3.10 All online media must have at least 5000 viewership per day, the site must have been in operation for 5 years and provide satisfactory evidence to this effect with clippings of the news utilized (especially parliamentary news).

3.11 Only television stations with national coverage and specific independent producers with current running programme on the National Assembly will be allowed access into the Chambers on a permanent basis (All the production crew will be accredited as entity).

3.12 All correspondents must attach photocopy of letter of appointment of the media organization on whose behalf request has been received for grant of accreditation.

3.13 All freelance journalist seeking permanent accreditation must show evidence of not less than 5 years coverage of the National Assembly proceedings/full editorial focus and publication on parliamentary reportage.

4.0 It is only Journalists and correspondence whose media organisations meet the above requirements for Permanent accreditation that will be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the respective Press Corp

5.0 All other media organization who do not meet the above requirement will be captured under the Temporary accreditation status and they will not be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the Press Corp of the Senate and House of Representatives.

6.0 All Temporary accredited media houses, journalists/correspondents shall be allowed permit into the National Assembly for specific coverage not exceeding one (1) week in the first instance and not more than twice in a month.

7.0 All foreign/international media houses seeking accreditation shall abide by all the Diplomatic Protocols established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for foreign media organizations, the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists and security clearance before accreditation will be considered upon the recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

8.0 All permanently accredited journalists/correspondents shall subrhit recertification letter from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their media organization on a sessional basis failure to which accreditation shall be withdrawn forthwith.

9.0 All accredited media organization will be considered as a single entity in the issuance of passes irrespective of their membership of Senate and House of Representatives Press Corp.

10.0 This new accreditation guidelines shall come into effect from June 11 2019.

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Bandits shoot young girl in the breast, kill three men in Sokoto

Bandits shoot young girl in the breast, kill three men in Sokoto

Suspected bandits attacked Katsira Tsauna village in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state on Saturday August 14, killing three young men.

 

Three women were said to have sustained gun shots wounds during the attack which took place around 5:00pm. One of the women was shot in the breast.

 

According to witness accounts, the attackers came to Katsira village on five motorcycles and started shooting sporadically.

“They killed three young men and injured three ladies who are now in the hospital,” one of the witnesses said.

”If not for the quick response of the Army drafted not too far from the area, the number of the casualty would have been more than this.”

 

Another account said the bandits had carted away cattle before the arrival of the Army.

 

The spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, Muhammadu Sadiq, confirmed the attack but said information at his disposal was very scanty.

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Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

Unknown gunmen, on Sunday night, attacked the palace of the Village Head of Kadunu, Muhammad Bayero in Langai District of Plateau’s Mangu local government area and killed him.

 

Daily Trust gathered that the village head, who goes by the title Rit Kadunu, was shot dead around 8:10 pm while another person in the palace was hit by a stray bullet in the leg.

 

Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

 

Confirming the incident, a former Commissioner of Trade, Commerce and Industry in Plateau State, Hon. Yakubu Idi Usman said the Rit was buried according to Islamic rites on Monday morning.

 

Hon. Usman told Daily Trust that there was a high probability that the village head was a target of assassination because he sustained several gunshot wounds.

“I have just returned from the funeral prayer,” said Usman, who also confirmed that the Police had visited the palace and taken the necessary evidence and statements.

 

He described the incident as tragic and said the Rit was like a brother to him and losing him at this time was a huge loss for the people of Mangu LGA and Plateau State.

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41-year-old-woman who gave birth to quadruplets after 15 years of marriage, begs Bauchi Governor for a job to enable her to cater for the babies

41-year-old-woman who gave birth to quadruplets after 15 years of marriage, begs Bauchi Governor for a job to enable her to cater for the babies

41- year- old Mrs Nyarum Luka Bot Balewa who recently was delivered of quadruplets after waiting for 15 years without a child, has cried out to Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed to come to the aid of her family by offering her employment to enable her to cater for the babies.

 

Mrs Balewa, who is a graduate of College of Health Technology, Ningi, Bauchi State, was delivered of three girls and a boy on July 3, 2019, at Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State.

 

Speaking with Journalists, Mrs Balewa lamented that although the babies have brought so much joy to her and her husband after waiting for 15 years, taking care of them has been difficult.

“To take care of these babies is not easy. My husband is no longer working. He is now retired. We have other children with us who are in school. It is not going to be easy. What I am saying is that if it is possible, I am appealing to the state government to give me employment. I have a Diploma in Environmental health. If it is possible to let them employ me so that I can help my husband”

 

Her husband, Luka Bot Balewa, who retired as a staff of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi last year, said taking care of the quadruplets since their arrival has been a difficult task to the family. 

“It has not been easy. You can imagine that the babies are taking NAN milk. We were buying the smallest one at N2, 500 but of recent we are buying it at N2,150. In a day they consume one tin. It means that in a day apart from the mother’s milk, they consume a tin of NAN milk every day, N2, 150. if you begin to count per day and the mother will eat well. It has not been easy for the mother” said Balewa who claimed that he is yet to receive his benefits.

 

The father of the quadruplets appealed to the state Governor and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid.

“Let me say that as many as God will touch their hearts to be of assistance to us, they are welcome. God has been so faithful. A lot of people have advised me to meet with the Wife of the Governor, Some advised that I should write but I don’t want this thing to look as if I am begging but truly, I am not finding it easy. Even if it were to be only one child that will be complemented with NAN milk, it is not going to be easy to talk less of four. If only the NAN tin milk will be taken care of, I will thank God. Whatever the government feels that he can do in order to assist in away is welcome”.

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