Press Bill: We Are Suspending Process For More Consultation – Sponsor

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Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Information National Orientation Ethics and Values, Segun Odebunmi, who is also the sponsor of the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Amendment Bill, has said that the House has agreed to suspend the bill.

Odebunmi who was a guest on a popular TV program on Tuesday explained that the suspension is to allow for proper consultations over the bill.

“We have been on this process for a while and right now, we have suspended it for more consultation for more consultation to happen on it,” he said.

The lawmaker had earlier faulted claims that the bill was targeted at gagging the media.

He rather maintained that it is aimed at removing identified hindrances to optimum performance.

The suspension comes after the bill was widely criticised by Nigerians, mostly media operators who believe it is aimed at stifling its operations.

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