The Guardian (Nigeria)

NUJ, NGE, NAWOJ charge media on reporting COVID- 19 Delta variant

• Union launches Journalist­s’ Estate in Oyo • Names streets after Makinde, Adesina, Ajimobi, Ladoja, Alao- Akala, others

- By Sunday Aikulola ( Lagos) and Rotimi Agboluaje ( Ibadan)

THE Nigeria Union of Journalist­s ( NUJ), Nigerian Guild of Editors ( NGE) and Nigeria Associatio­n of Women Journalist­s ( NAWOJ) have stressed the need for media profession­als to enlighten and educate citizens to prevent the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID- 19 in Nigeria.

In an interview with The Guardian in Lagos, yesterday, NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo, said many people still live in conspiracy theories that the virus does not exist and some feel the vaccine is not good, saying that the role of the media is to properly inform the masses about the new variant because, the variant is deadlier than previous variants.

ALSO, Publicity Secretary of NGE, Eze Anaba, said Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC) had raised the alarm, so, the media should provide informatio­n that would help people, especially observing COVID- 19 protocols.

The media should also provide informatio­n to the government on protecting both the sea and land borders. All security operatives should ensure that COVID- 19 protocols at borders are maintained and adhered to.

On her part, Chairperso­n, Lagos State Chapter of NAWOJ, Adeola Ekine, said the role of media in prevent-ing the spread of the new variant of COVID- 19 is to disseminat­e informatio­n to the public consistent­ly about the causes, precaution­s and prevention­s on the virus.

MEANWHILE, the NUJ, Oyo State Council, will on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 launch its novel Journalist­s’ Estate located at Alapako Village on Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan.

The ground- breaking event will be climaxed with a N100 million launch with one of the union’s patrons, Dotun Sanusi, the Chairman, Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, as chief launcher, while a United States ( U. S.)- based tax consultant, Dr. Oludare Akande, would be the colauncher.

The event will hold at the Dapo Aderogba Hall, NUJ Press Centre Iyaganku, Ibadan, by 11: 00 a. m.

The road networks within the sprawling Estate would be named after Governor Seyi Makinde and former Governors Ladoja and AlaoAkala and the late Abiola Ajimobi and Lam Adesina.

Others to be immortalis­ed with street naming are the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Olubadan, Oba Adetunji, among others.

The event will also witness the NUJ 2021 public lecture to delivered by the Editor, THISDAY Newspaper, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.

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