National Assembly To Establish Radio, TV Stations, Dogara Says

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, disclosed over the weekend that the National Assembly is working towards establishing radio and TV stations dedicated to parliamentary issues.

Dogara made the disclosure when he received the head of the African Commission on Human and People’s Right, Tlakula Pansy, and the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Adedeji Adekunle, in his office on Sunday.




     

     

    According to the Speaker, the expensive and restrictive nature of public and private stations means that it is only wise that the National Assembly has its own broadcast stations.

    Dogara decried the attitudes of Nigerians towards the Freedom of Information Act, four years after its passage, saying the Act has not been fully utilised.

    Pansy said the purpose of her visit was to urge the promotion and protection of citizens’ freedom of expression and human rights, adding that there is need for openness in the way governance is conducted.

    “There has to be paradigm shift from the culture of secrecy in governance to one of truth and openness because it is the public trust and information held by government for the people, as well as to ensure that public Institutions comply with the FOI,” she said.

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