Barely 24 hours after the senate pledged its commitment to press freedom in the country, the upper chamber of the National Assembly has barred at least seven television stations in the country from covering its proceedings in the chamber, reducing the number of tv-stations accredited to cover plenary to five.
The action however did not seat well with the press corps which resulted in a boycott of coverage of proceedings yesterday by cameramen
Those accredited are Silverbird Television, Africa Independent Television, and Channels Television others are Nigerian Televison Authority and TV-Continental.
Officials have said the arrangement was to de-congest the senate and establish an atmosphere of orderliness in the chamber.
The leadership of the press corps had on wednesday met with the clerk of the senate with a view to iron out issues including alleged misconduct by cameramen.
It was a busy session yesterday at the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers agreed on many touching issues which include the scarcity of passport booklets and a bill to amend the flag and coat of arms.