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COVID-19: Plateau Speaker donates pallatives to NUJ, says journalists’ treatment unfair

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COVID-19: Plateau Speaker donates pallatives to NUJ, says journalists’ treatment unfair


The Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Abok Ayuba,has donated some palliatives to the Plateau Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on its members.

Ayuba, who donated the items on Tuesday in Jos, described the treatment given to Journalists as frontline workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as unfair.

He said that journalists were consistently exposed to serious risks in the course of their duty to educate the public about the pandemic.

“We have been working with journalists and as a young person,  I know the important role you play in giving information to the society.

“You have been informing people about what we do as their representatives and also been educating them about the dreaded pandemic.

“You have always been in the frontline and sincerely speaking, I would say the treatment of journalists has not been fair,” he stated.

The speaker promised to discuss the plight of the journalists in the state with Gov. Simon Lalong and see how they would be able to assist them.

He said that apart from being journalists, media practitioners  like every other citizen, had families to take care of.

The Executive Director, Dynamic Orthotics and Prosthetics Nigeria Ltd.,  Mr Zingak Deshi, who also donated palliatives to the council,  said  that there was need to provide cover for journalists to enable them to deliver on their mandate.

Deshi  said that journalists who were foot soldiers in the fight against the pandemic, needed to be first protected to enable them to serve the society better.

He said that the  organisation had provided 120 artificial limbs to Nigerians as a way of of giving back to the society.

The Chairman of the Council, Mr Paul Jatau, complained that journalists were not given the needed attention like other frontline workers.

Jatau said that the council had decided to constitute a Palliatives Committee to seek for asistance from well meaning Nigerians to help Journalists.

He called on individuals and the governments to support journalists in the face of the dreaded virus as they risk their lives.

Mrs Jennifer Yarima, Chairman, Plateau NUJ Palliatives Committee, thanked the speaker and the Dynamic Orthotics and Prosthetics Nigeria Ltd. for supporting the journalists.

“We pray God to bless you, and like Oliver Twist, we always ask for more if need be,” Yerima said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated included sanitisers, face masks and cash.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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