NCDC Trains Journalists on Reportage of Covid-19 Outbreak Response

About one hundred and twenty journalists across Nigeria have been trained on Effective Reporting on Covid-19 Outbreak Response by the National Centre for Disease Control.

Organisers of the training, the Lani Foundation adopted virtual training through the use of Zoom application to conform with the social distancing approach to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi while speaking on the government’s multi-sectorial responses to issues of Coronavirus in Nigeria, highlighted responsibilities of the Ministries Departments and Agencies of government in the efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Another facilitator, Mr. Allwell Okpi of the Africa Check urged the media practitioners to always ensure that factual and correct information are disseminated to control the pandemic in Nigeria.

He provided various platforms that could be used to verify information to the journalists and urged them to be above board in the effort to tackle fake news on the Covid-19.

Earlier in an opening remark, Doctor Disu Yahaya from Lani Foundation said the organisation decided to train journalists as one of the major contributor to the containment of Covid-19 through information sharing on the causes and prevention of the virus especially now that the country was at its community transmission stage.

The five hour virtual training had journalists from Federal Radio

Cooperation of Nigeria and other states broadcasting outfits from the thirty six states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in attendance.

Wale Oluokun

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