Sokoto correspondents’ chapel discontinues boycott of govt activities


By Ado Hassan, Sokoto

The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) Sokoto state Chapter has resolved to call off its boycott order on covering the State Government activities.

The resolution followed a decision reached after series of meetings and consultations involving delegated members as well as executives of the Chapel, the State NUJ and managers of information of the State Government where complaints of the Chapel were frontally addressed.

The meetings, chaired by the State Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Isah Bajini Galadanci, reviewed the sad incident that occurred between the members of the Correspondents’ Chapel and security operatives at the gate of the Sokoto State Government House.

However, the meetings brokered the peace as well reached an appreciable and responsive understandings leading to resolutions to address the issues involved.

Hitherto, both sides have agreed to work towards a more harmonious relationship in the service of the public, who are the target of their mandates.

The development contained in a statement Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman , Habibu Harisu of NAN and Ankeli Emmanuel of Leadership Newspapers , the Correspondents’ Chapel , emphatically stated that, its position on not taking press releases from individuals, groups, politicians or institutions who did not deem it for to invite them to their functions still stands.

Recall that members of the Correspondents’Chapel had on the 13/2/2021 took the decision to boycott all activities of the State government following harrasment, intimidation and molestation of their members by security personnel attached to the Sokoto Government House on 12/2/2021.

The Correspondents Chapel however wish to reiterate its call on Heads of Security Agencies in the State to sensitize their personnel on Media/Security relationship.

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