WHAT THE NIGERIAN PRESS COUNCIL LAW SAYS ABOUT REGISTRATION OF JOURNALISTS Section 22:

CERTIFICATE OF EXPERIENCE

(1)A person who after obtaining an approved qualification, satisfies the conditions specified in subsection (2) of this section shall be entitled to receive free of charge a certificate of experience in the prescribed form from the person in charge of the institution.

(2)The conditions referred to in subsection (1) of this section are that
(a)he shall have served his time for employment. The prescribed period in Nigeria with a view to obtaining a certificate of experience; or
(b)he shall have acquired, during his employment practical experience under the personal supervision and guidance of one or more registered journalists for such periods as may be prescribed;
(c)the manner in which he carried out the duties of his employment and his conduct during the period of his employment shall have been satisfactory.

(3) It shall be the duty of the employer, being a registered journalist supervising the training of the person employed with a view to obtaining a certificate of experience, to ensure that the person is afforded proper opportunities of acquiring the practical experience required for the purpose of paragraph (b) of the subsection (2) of this section.

(4) Where after having served his time as referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of this section, a person is refused a certificate of experience, he shall be entitled-
(a) to receive from his employer the particulars in writing of the grounds of the refusal; and
(b) to appeal from the refusal to a committee of the Council in accordance with rules made by the Council in that behalf (including rules as to the tome within which appeals are to be brought) and on any such appeal the committee of the Council shall have power to either dismiss the appeal or itself issue the certificate of experience in question or give such other direction on the matter as it considers just.

(5) The Minister may make for the issuance of certificate of experience in respect of employment and institutions outside Nigeria.

Section 17:
(1) Subject rules made under this decree, a person is entitled to be fully registered under this Decree if:
(a) He had attended a course of training recognized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists so acquired with the cognate experience recognized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists; or
(b) The course was conducted at an institution so approved, or parlty at one such institution and partly at another or others; or
(c) He holds a qualification as approved; or
(d) He holds a certificate of experience issued in pursuance of section 22 of this Decree.

(2) Subject as aforesaid, a person shall be entitled to be registered as a journalist if he satisfies the Council that immediately before the commencement of this Decree he has not less than five years experience as a journalist.
(3) An applicant for registration shall, in addition to evidence of qualifications, satisfy the council that:
(a) He is of good character;
(b) He has attained the age of 18 years.
(c) He has not been convicted in Nigeria or elsewhere of an offence involving
fraud or dishonesty;
(d) He has been trained at an approved mass media institution.
(e) He has a general professional orientation which covers the basic
requirements of information art leading to a qualification not less than a
diploma; and
(f) Has good knowledge of politics and socio economic affairs of his society
acquired from an approved institution.