Many journalists, including the author of this report, were yesterday barred from entering Umaru Musa Yar’adua Hall, Murtala Square, venue of the Kaduna Annual Economic and Investment Summit (KADINVEST).
Those prevented from covering the summit were among those without accreditation cards. But, while some journalists were accredited, many others were – for unascertained reasons – ‘not qualified’ to receive accreditation cards.
However, in a speech made available to barred newsmen, Governor El-Rufai said the State development plan reflects their desire to restore the state to its lost glory through planned, orderly and coherent development of the state. He said to achieve this, the state must tackle daunting development challenges that were facing the state.
“Our capital city remains northern Nigeria’s second largest commercial city, but has lost up to 70% of its economic activities.” It would be recalled that Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna state council journalists, issued a communiqué accusing the administration of Governor El-Rufai of dividing her members.
The accusation, which generated a lot of controversies and reactions, came to the hills seven months after the current government resumed office in 2015. The controversial communiqué was precipitated as a result of the governor’s aid’s moves and contemplation to selecting journalists that would be attending and covering Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) holding at State House, Kawo Kaduna.