Journalists denied access to cover the induction of new govs

Journalists were on Tuesday denied access to cover the induction programme for returning and newly – elected state governors .

Nigeria Save for the Nigerian Television Authority crew , security operatives barred representatives of other media houses from accessing the venue , the Old Banquet Hall, within the Presidential Villa , Abuja .

Reporters duly accredited to cover the Nigeria Governors Forum as their beat were also denied access to the venue on Tuesday.

The two – day event had started on Monday with Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo representing President Muhammadu Buhari .

Osinbajo , while addressing the attendees, had asked them to rack their brains on how to source funds to tackle the myriads of financial challenges confronting the states , especially how to pay the new minimum wage of N 30, 000 .

He had called on them to raise their Internally Generated Revenue as an option , in addition to using technology to open up the economic space for the teeming youths in the states .

However , it was the warning by the Chairman of the NGF and outgoing Governor of Zamfara State, Mr Abdulaziz Yari, that Nigeria could slide into recession again between 2020 and 2021 , that jolted the newly – elected governors and other attendees.

Yari had noted that the take – off on May 29 might not be smooth unless the new governors quickly learnt how to manage state resources prudently .

“ On our part, we made a lot of achievements in infrastructural development and provision of social services because we enjoyed a relatively high oil price of about $ 100 to $ 114 per barrel between 2001 and the middle of 2014.

“ However , by the mid – 2014 , the price of crude oil, which is sadly the main driving force of government ’ s expenditure , dropped to $ 75 per barrel.

It , therefore , became very difficult for many states to even pay the salaries of their workers .

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