Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi yesterday threw decorum to the wind as he barred journalists from entering into the popular Press Centre in the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.
Senator Ajimobi showed his disregard for journalists, especially those from the print media as he directed that henceforth, “only newsmen from the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation and a few others who cover the state should be granted access into the centre” which existed before his administration.
His action came two weeks after he ignored some journalists in Abuja who took him up on his inability to pay the workers of the state.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the rumour about the incident was peddled a fortnight ago, but just yesterday, a list of the select few media houses to use the centre was pasted on the door of the facility.
Also, some months ago, journalists were not allowed to carry their vehicles into the premises of the expansive office.
When journalists got to the Press Centre for coverage of events yesterday which is a routine, a list entitled “Accredited and Unaccredited” of the preferred journalists was placed on the door.
The list marked SEC 513/T/151 and dated July 27, 2015 was signed by one Mr. Segun Abolarinwa, who described himself as the Special Adviser on Security even though the governor is yet to form his cabinet. The list emanated from the Cabinet and Special Services Department.
The accredited media houses are BCOS, Ministry of Information, NTA, Galaxy, Channels, TVC, FRCN, Amuludun, Splash, Nigerian Tribune and Odua News. Among the names of the journalists cleared by the governor was a driver attached to one of the vehicles in the Governor’s Office.
The unaccredited media houses are Nigerian Pilot, OGTV, AIT, Parrot, Daily Times, among others. Newspapers like The Punch, Vanguard, Daily Sun, Daily Independent, The Nation were also missing on the list.
Before the issuance of the list, journalists who are not from the state broadcasting agencies have had hectic time with security men at the entrance of the Governor’s Office. Despite presenting their identity cards on demand, the security men always insist that they are not given orders by the governor to grant them access into the complex.
Reacting on behalf of the governor, Mr. Olawale Sadare, the State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said the action would only affect those who “hibernate’ and those who do not have specific media houses.”

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