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COVID-19: Journalists deserve medals like different frontline staff – Lagos Commissioner

Lagos State's Commissioner for Info and Technique, Mr. Jengenga Omotosu, stated Saturday that journalists throughout the nation deserve accolades and awards identical to different frontline staff. We recognize just like the nurses and docs for the essential position they performed throughout the lockdown attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. Nigerian Journalists Syndicate 2020 press week opens in Oyo.

Umotosu stated that journalists like different professionals joined the combat in opposition to COVID-19, therefore the necessity to reward them for his or her jobs properly.

He added that regardless of the challenges dealing with journalists in Nigeria, they all the time rose to prominence when it mattered most.

He stated, “If a media doesn’t reward it, it won’t be high quality. Journalists deserve medals, identical to different frontline staff who’ve joined the combat in opposition to COVID-19. Maybe for the primary time, I’ve discovered many professionals – docs, laboratory staff. , Nurses, cleaners, drivers and extra – work collectively as a workforce

“The Nigerian journalist has all the time risen to the event every time it issues. Think about the latest disaster that befell humankind; COVID-19 is lethal. Earlier than it reached our shores, specialists have been anticipating some type of finish of the world. We have been all very frightened. They stated we’d decide up the our bodies on the road. The rich invested closely within the ventilators they bought and stored of their internal rooms for themselves and their privileged relations.

“Glory be to God, the gloomy expectations haven’t been fulfilled. Now we have misplaced a few of our residents – might God bless their souls – however we didn’t decide the our bodies on the road. Now the world wonders how Nigeria did this, regardless of our weak well being care system. There may be one reality not Nonetheless robust on this narrative of success – the media. This was carried out persistently. In different phrases, communication performed a significant position in combating the illness. Lagos State Governor, Papajid Sanu Ulu, realized early within the battle that communication was mandatory.

"Extract the details And the numbers to make sure that Lagos residents have the knowledge to assist them keep secure. Journalists have been all the time there to ship his messages. Right here, for sure, is a transparent case of journalists main the way in which to improvement.

“Was there a reversal of the beneficial properties? not precisely. However you will need to point out that we as journalists haven’t carried out a great job masking the fallout from the #EndSARS protests. We appear to have deserted the story for the likes of CNN to mount a provocative sequence that inflicted nice harm on the reminiscence of those that died within the riots that adopted the Invisible Bloodbath at Fortunate Toll Plaza.