by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Adamawa state has been gripped with news of the first case of COVID-19 victim. The state first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) emanated from the correspondents chapel of the NUJ. With this development, the NUJ has directed that all members should go on self-isolation, with effect from Thursday, 23rd of April, 2020.
In a statement, signed and issued to newsmen by its chairman, Ishaka Donald Dedan, and secretary, Fidelis Jockthan, of the council, respectively, the chapel also urged journalists to operate from home.
Leadership of NUJ has, consequently, shut-down all other activities and businesses at the press centre, Yola, with effect from Friday, 24th April, 2020.
While only accredited journalists from various mediums will cover the daily briefings from the Adamawa COVID-19 Containment Committee, it is imperative to ask all journalists to adhere strictly to safety measures against COVID-19.
The NUJ also called on the COVID-19 Committee to urgently provide journalists covering its daily briefings and other activities with every necessary safety materials and resources to enable them perform their function effectively.
The NUJ urged the public to always see journalists as “partners in progress” as well as critical stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19.