NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN THE PRESS, WEEK 33: 13TH - 17TH AUGUST, 2018


  • Wednesday August 29, 2018 13:57 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
REMARKS
Press coverage of the National Assembly in the week under review was very remarkable in view of the high number of reportage recorded during the week. Legislative activities spread across 16 sectors of the nation’s economy, out of which five were reported most prominently, among them were:
•Legislature - 68 times
•Politics - 56 times
•Executive - 14 times
•Defence - 11 times
•Economy - 8 times
Other sectors also featured in the week’s legislative activities of the country’s apex parliament but on a low key note include: Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Health, Information, Judiciary, Labour, Social, Sports, Transportation and Works.
Impressively, 181 stories concerning the nation’s highest law-making institution were recorded during the week.
A total of 50 of the stories projected the image of the National Assembly POSITIVELY. One of the heart-warming reports was titled “NASS Vows To Reposition Sports Sector”.
According to the story, the National Assembly has vowed to deploy all its legislative powers to reposition sports sector in the country, saying it has become necessary in the interest of peace and progress.

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara gave the assurance while declaring open a One-Day National Sports Summit organized by the House Committee on Sports in Abuja recently. He added that the Summit captured the place of sports as a veritable tool of sustainable development whose objectives include facilitating sports development in Nigeria through adequate legislation of policies and helping to harmonized sports policies for effective and efficient implementation.

However, 124 stories portrayed the image of the apex legislature in the NEUTRAL direction. One of the neutral reports reads “Hajj: Reps wants Saudi Arabia to sustain feat”. Accordingly, the House of Representatives on Nigeria – Saudi Arabia.

Parliamentary Friendship and Hajj Affairs has urged the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to sustain its superb feat at the ongoing Hajj pilgrimage for the mutual benefit of the citizens of both countries.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Hajj Affairs, Hon. Abdullahi Salame (Sokoto Federal Constituency) in a press release noted with pleasure the series of proactive, statutory roles so far played by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in solidifying the Saudi – Nigeria relations.
Sen. Salame lauded the Saudi Kingdom for the timely opening of the Hajj portal and the extension of its expiry date for pilgrims registration which enabled more Nigerian pilgrims to be captured, which eased the workload of the National Hajj Commission Nigeria (NAHCON).