World Press Freedom Day: Kano NUJ sends strong message to Buhari on Covid-19, others
By Nasir Dambatta
The Kano State leadership of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has thrown its weight behind calls from different quarters for journalists to be provided with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). This was contained in media release by Chapel’s chairman – Garba Shuaibu.
The journalists, in a media release titled “World Press Freedom Day: We Promote Free and Responsible Press in Fighting Covid-19” tasked the Federal Government to immediately commence the operation of its blueprint on best way to tackle further spread of the disease in the State.
The statement also urged governments to use the May 3 Press Freedom Day to “respect their commitment to press freedom” while commending the dedication band courage of health workers to the fight against Covid-19.
The journalists also declared thus: “there is no gainsaying the fact that Kano is in the eyes of the storm as long as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage Nigeria. As we commend the efforts made so far by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration in tackling the spread of the virus, we demand for renewed cooperation with working journalists in the State to achieve the desired results.”
The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993, following recommendation by UNESCO’s General Assembly.