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Foreign scribes finally certified to cover general polls

2015-02-06 09:56
Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan waves to supporters during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicen ~ TUNJI OMIRIN

Abuja - More than 300 foreign journalists who applied to cover the forthcoming general elections have been accredited, ending speculation they might not be allowed to provide coverage.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Folasade Yemi-Esan, confirmed the accreditation of the media professionals in Abuja.

“In line with the mandate of the Ministry of Information to create media access to report on the activities of the Federal Government, it has so far processed 300 applications from foreign journalists to secure visas and come into the country for the elections. Hundreds of other applications received by the ministry are being processed at the moment,” said Yemi-Esan.

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He said foreign journalists had not been denied access, adding that those who could not secure their visas from Nigerian embassies abroad probably did not follow the due process to secure the accreditation.

“The Ministry of Information therefore appeals to foreign journalists wishing to come into the country to cover the elections to follow the due process in securing the accreditation including the presentation of official correspondence from their organizations.”

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) had accused the Federal Government of frustrating foreign journalists wishing to cover the February 14th elections by not granting them visas.

- CAJ News
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