By Ajibola Abayomi,
August 30, 2018.
On Thursday, protesting journalists under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council were denied access to the Lagos State Government House.
Unlike what happened in Ogun State where the Commissioner of Information, Dayo Adeneye addressed protesting press men on same issue, none of the top Lagos state officials deemed it fit to attend to the Lagos NUJ members.
The Lagos NUJ wanted to hand over protest letter to both the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Speaker of the state assembly, Hon Mudasiru Obasa, whom had been formerly briefed on the development, but policemen attached to the government refused the media practitioners access to the state house.
No concrete reason was given for their action.
Led by Dr Qasim Akinreti, the union chairman, the Lagos NUJ trouped to the streets of Lagos with placards carrying different incision to protest series of maltreatment being melted out to media practitioners across the country.
Akinreti said:“August 30, 2018 has been declared by the National Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, as a day of protest against assaults/ attacks on journalists and media houses in Nigeria.
“In line with the above directive from the National Secretariat, Lagos NUJ is organising a peaceful protest, tagged “impunity against journalists and media houses in Nigeria”.
However, Mr Hundeyi Kolawole, Director Political Matters, Office of Engagement Lagos State however said none availability of top government officials to receive the protest letters was not disrespect to the NUJ.
He explained that his office was in charge of civil engagement and was ready to work with the union.