Journalists Barred From Covering Buhari’s N8.6trn 2018 Budget Presentation

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Journalists from some section of the media, mostly online and a few from some print and electronic media were barred from covering the 2018 budget presentation by President Buhari at the National Assembly.

The budget presentation billed to commence by 2 pm Tuesday saw some journalists denied entry into the National Assembly premises.

Journalists from PREMIUM TIMES, were among those barred said they were denied entry despite presenting their official and National Assembly identity cards to the security operative who rather told them point-blank that a circular was earlier circulated in that regard.

He said names of some journalists from some media organizations were missing an “accreditation list” prepared by the Research and Information Directorate of the National Assembly.

Other journalists who were barred were Goodness Adaoyiche of Pulse.ng and others.

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed N8.6 trillion for the 2018 financial year.

Buhari made this known at the Joint Session of the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja, during the presentation of the 2018 Budget Proposal.

The president assured that the 2018 budget would be a consolidation of the earlier ones, noting that 2018 is expected to be a year of better outcomes while describing the document as “Budget of Consolidation”.

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