COVID-19: Journalists Make Case for Hazard Package

A cross-section of journalists has implored the Federal Government to consider their plights as that of front line health workers in the face of COVID-19.

They made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria on challenges of journalists on duty during COVID-19 pandemic.

Radio Nigeria reporter, Adedayo Adelowo captures the mood of the media men:-

Just like nurses, doctors and other health workers that are at the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, men of the fourth estate of the realm are equally saddled with the responsibility of updating the public on COVID 19.

In the process, journalists have had cause to visit isolation centres, test centres, hospitals and had as well had reasons to speak with victims of the disease and the survivors.

This no doubt has made pen professionals prone to contracting the decease.

Some journalists who spoke with Radio Nigeria said it was essential for government to prioritize their needs noting that the nature of the job had exposed them to various hazards.

Zonal Manager, News Agency of Nigeria, Ibadan, Mr Mufutau Folorunso also joined voice with other journalists advocating for special package for journalists covering COVID-19

A veteran journalist, Mr Phil Aragbada, who underscored the significant role of journalists, said they needed to be remembered.

He noted that journalists were the mouthpiece of the public, pointing out that they suffered in silence.

Mr Phil Aragbada called on security agencies to accord respects to journalists during the lock down.

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Adedayo Adelowo

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