By Shola Akingboye, 6th April 2021
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has inaugurated its sensitization and monitoring committee In the coronavirus pandemic.
The 7-man committee was announced by the chairman of council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, on Monday in Abuja.
A statement signed by the secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade Ochiaka Ugwu, named those in the committee to include; Patrick Osadebamwen, vice chairman of council and Team Lead; Benjamin Ubiri, Titi Olahdimehin, Aisha Ali, Ruth Tene, Martins Odeh and Taiwo Olalere.
Some of the terms of reference of the committee include;
i. to monitor the activities and safety of media organisations and practitioners in the FCT; ii. To act as go between for practitioners and government and media organisations and between the NUJ and members on the Covid-19 related matters;
iii. To collate the statistics of media practitioners working in sensitive areas and those who may need any form of support, work related or material needs;
iv. To mobilise financial and material support as well as any incentive(s) or welfare package(s) for journalists who need them;
v. To provide information from all reliable sources to journalists. Starting from the PTF and ministerial task force as well as the other bodies providing authentic information;
vi. To dispel rumours and discourage fake news, and help to sensitize and create awareness and build hope among journalists.
In the same vein, the council has also announced the continuation of the COVID-19 vaccination for its members.
Championed by the leadership of the council, not a few journalists have benefitted from the vaccination. The exercise which began last week is to resume Wednesday 7th, 2021 after the Easter holiday, according to the Council’s boss, Ogbeche.