• Wednesday September 12, 2018 07:27 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
Press coverage of the National Assembly in the week under review was relatively moderate with legislative activities cut across 11 sectors of the nation’s economy, out of which four were accorded prominence. The sectors include:
• Politics - 67 times
• Legislature - 25 times
• Executive - 9 times
• Petroleum - 5 times

Other sectors also featured in the week’s legislative activities of the country’s apex legislature but on a low key note include: Communication, Defence, Economy, Education, Health, Judiciary, and Social.

Interestingly, 121 stories concerning the nation’s highest law-making institution were recorded during the week. However, 31 of them projected the image of the National Assembly POSITIVELY. One of the heart-cheering reports was captioned “Reps consider bills for 9 new tertiary institutions”.

According to the story, the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education is considering Bills for the establishment of nine new tertiary institutions across the country, even as the Chamber moves to amend the Acts establishing seven existing ones. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep Suleiman Aminu (APC Fagge Federal Constituency, Kano) disclosed this at a Public Hearing in Abuja recently.

Rep. Aminu added that the Acts establishing seven Universities in the country are billed for amendment; stressing that the legislature deemed fit to subject these bills to public scrutiny by soliciting inputs from the general public in order to ensure easy access to quality tertiary education which is not only desirable but also inevitable.

Nevertheless, 87 stories portrayed the image of the revered Parliament in the NEUTRAL direction. One of such reports was titled “Saraki, Okowa Mourn Death of Worshipper as Church Collapses in Delta”.

Accordingly, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa have expressed sadness over the death of a worshipper following the collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church building , Ugolo Adagbrasa in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

Sen. Saraki added that he will continue to monitor the situation and help ensure that all survivors received necessary medical attention. He extend his prayers to the affected worshipers, their families, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the people of Delta State. The Senate President said “we must all come together as Muslims, Christians, people of faith and most importantly, Nigerians to provide all the necessary relief for the affected families and community”.

Conversely, seven stories dimmed the image of the apex legislature NEGATIVELY. One of the not too cheering reports reads “INEC Budget Delay A National Emergency – Group”. According to the story, an Election Observer Group known as Election Monitor has expressed worry over the implications of delaying the passage of the budget for the 2019 general elections.

The Group stressed that, it is important to note that election is a process and not an event, adding that the sum of the electoral process is the quality of any election. The National Coordinator of Election Monitor, Abiodun Ajijola said the Group is worried that the National Assembly has failed to pass the INEC budget since the request for virement and supplementary budget was made and read on the Senate Floor.

• National Assembly in the Press is a Publication of Information Unit, NILDS.