FG Disengages Heads Of NTA, FRCN, Other Information Parastatals

Lai-Mohammed-APCThe Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday.

According to a statement signed by SA to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister directed the disengaged Chief Executives to hand over to the most senior officials in their various establishments.

He thanked them for their service to the nation and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

The affected Chief Executives are the Directors-General of NTA, Mr Sola Omole, FRCN (Mr Ladan Salihu), VON (Mr Sam Worlu), NOA (Mr Mike Omeri), NBC (Mr Emeka Mba) and the Managing Director of NAN (Mr Ima Niboro).

Anambra Govt. Seeks Developmental Intervention From EU

Obiano-Anambr-euAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has appealed to the European Union (EU) Delegation Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), Michel Arrion, to bring intervention programmes to the state in the areas of girl child education, flood and power.

The appeal was made during the visit of the Ambassador to Anambra State, to seek out new areas of collaboration with the state government, as well as find out how the existing EU programmes in the state have been faring.

Governor Obiano noted that already, EU intervention programmes were on in two Local Government Areas and reported that they were thriving very well. He requested for its extension to other Local Government Areas.

The Ambassador on his part, announced the EU’s plan to undertake a five-year period programme in the state.

Mr Arrion also appealed to the state and the various communities where EU projects are located to take ownership of them for sustainability.

The Governor had on Wednesday mapped out 28 camps where Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will take refuge in the event of the impending flood announced by the government.

Boko Haram: Amnesty Can’t Be Undertaken In A Vacuum – Osuntokun

A public affairs analyst and former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Akin Osuntokun, on Tuesday said before the government could consider granting amnesty for the members of Boko Haram, the group must have a structure.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Osuntokun said the situation was not that of the government versus the Boko Haram sect but a case that should involve all Nigerians.

He said: “I personally would have wished that General Buhari (Muhammadu Buhari) would have lent his status to helping in mediating in some kind of peace but he flatly rejected.”

Asked why he believed General Buhari was in a better stead to mediate with the extremist sect, Mr. Osuntokun said it was because the former head of state possessed credibility and integrity that the sect leadership could trust.


NANS Protest Killing Of Nasarawa Students

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NAN, have protested the alleged killing of four students of the Nasarawa State University during a protest by officers of the Nigerian Army.

The renewed protesters demanded that the Nigerian Army must produce the killers of the students.

Four students of the university who protested over the non-provision of basic amenities at the institution were allegedly shot by soldiers deployed to disperse the demonstrating students but the Nigerian Army has denied the allegation.

The student body who took their protest to the vicinity of the Nigerian Army headquarters in Abuja on Friday, promised to be confrontational if their demands are not met

Leading the protesting student in Abuja, the Senate President of NANS, Donald Onukaogu, demanded that the increasing spate of killings of students across the country must stop.

Reacting to the killing of the students, the director of army public relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru had told a news conference earlier in the week that soldiers from the 177 Battalion in Keffi, only assisted other security agencies in quelling the violent protest embarked upon by the students.

The student body promised to confront the army if those behind the killing of the students are not fished out, as they demand justice for the death of their mates.

NUJ seeks editorial independence for NTA, FRCN and others

The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) has asked the national assembly to consider the review of the structure of ownership and control of public media houses in the on-going constitution amendment to give the organisations more editorial independence and make them more accountable to Nigerians.

Speaking at a dialogue of editors on the review of the 1999 Constitution, the president of the NUJ, Mr Muhammed Garba, stated that the review of the acts establishing these media houses have become imperative as there is a need to give them more editorial independence as well as make them more accountable to the Nigerian public and not the government.

The affected media organisations that will be affected with the review will be the Nigeria Television Authority, (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Others are the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) ACT

According to Mr Garba, parts of the Act that need change is the powers that allow the President to hire and fire in the various public media houses ,this he says will give the organisations more neutrality  in the job of discriminating information.

He also demanded a review of the laws on the establishment of media organisation in Nigeria, as he also sought for laws that will make provision for a better welfare for media practitioners.