NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN THE PRESS, WEEK 38: 17TH – 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2018
Press coverage of the National Assembly in the week under review remains on the increase when compared with that of the previous week. Legislative activities cut across 11 sectors of the nation’s economy, out of which five featured most prominently. Among them were:
• Politics - 82 times
• Legislature - 27 times
• Executive - 16 times
• Financial - 6 times
• Defence - 5 times
Other sectors also involved in the week’s legislative activities of the apex parliament but on a low key note include: Economy, Health, Industry, Judiciary, Petroleum and Works.
Interestingly, 149 stories concerning the nation’s highest law-making institution were recorded during the week. Only 22 of them projected the image of the National Assembly POSITIVELY. One of the heart-cheering reports was captioned “Group Task FG, NASS On PIGB”.
According to the story, members of the Private Deport of Oil and Gas Marketers Association of Nigeria (PDOG-MAN), the umbrella body of the Private Depot Operators in the country, have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the 8th National Assembly to fast track the passage of Petroleum Industry Government Bill (PIGB), 2018.
Speaking on behalf of the Oil and Gas Marketers, the Chairman of the South-West Zone, PDOG-MAN, Prince Adekunle Okunade said, the need to get the PIGB on track becomes inevitable in order to ensure the development of the Oil and Gas Sector and the Economy as a whole.
However, 116 stories portrayed the image of the revered Parliament in the NEUTRAL direction. One of stories reads “PMB, Akufo-Ado, Saraki, others To Grace 46th MAN AGM”. Accordingly, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nana Akufo-Ado, the President of Ghana and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki are to attend the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN’s) 46th Annual General Meeting and Annual Lecture/ Presidential Luncheon scheduled for 26th – 27th September, 2018.
The two day programme would provide an opportunity for interactions between the stakeholders in the manufacturing sector and review the state of the nation’s economy. The President of MAN, Dr. Frank Jacob explained that the first day would host an exclusive private session in the morning and later in the afternoon, an open interactive session between the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Procurement Officers of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of Government and Manufacturers.
While, the second day would be for the Manufacturers’ Annual Lecture/Presidential Luncheon which is a public event with the theme “Manufacturing Policies to Catalyze Industrial Renaissance”.
Conversely, 11 stories dimmed the image of the apex legislature NEGATIVELY. One of such reports was titled “Lawyer seeks arrest of Sen. Uzodinma”. According to the story, an Abuja based lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and all security Agencies to execute the warrant of arrest issued against Sen. Hope Uzodinma by a Grade One Area Court, Kubwa, FCT on 18th September, 2018 over a criminal complaint by Chiteks Venture Limited and others.
The story added that Court order followed allegations of issuance of N200 million dud cheque against the Senator by a Director of Chiteks Limited which he said it bounced when to it was presented in the Bank. The case has been adjourned to September 25, 2018.
• National Assembly in the Press is a Publication of Information Unit, NILDS.