COVID-19: Kano NUJ sensitises journalists

Hauwa Mustapha, Kano.

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The Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has organised a one-day training for Journalists in Kano on the effective coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Media professionals were drawn from various outfits in the State met and discussed issues relating to COVID-19, with the theme “COVID-19: How Prepared is the Media in handling disaster”

The Chairman, Kano State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim said there is no better time for such training than now when the world is battling the pandemic and Nigeria is not an exception.

According to him, “The media needs to be equipped with the knowledge of how to shape reportage for the desired goals of disseminating reliable information to be achieved and do away with the spread of fake news in these trying times.”

Also speaking, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Muhammad Garba commended the efforts of the NUJ for organising the Programme.

The Commissioner reiterated Government‘s commitments at ensuring the media is given the necessary support especially during the period of the pandemic virus where residents will solely rely on the media for information.

Similarly in her remark, Chairman of the Broadcasters Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Hajiya Sa’a Ibrahim charged news managers to continue to develop ways of engaging people on the necessary measures they are expected to take to prevent themselves from the covid-19 pandemic disease.

Ibrahim, who is also the Director-General, Kano State own Television, Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) also called for more such training.

Also, the Managing Director of Vision FM Kano State, Adamu Ladan taught the participants ways of pandemic professionally.

According to him, “Media professionals need to look back at past disasters and provide background information through research and draw lessons from other newsrooms, governments and so forth to be able to learn from them.

“Media professionals need to be educated to be able to educate others, for that reason a high level of professionalism needs to be put in place for the desired goals to be achieved.”

Representative from the Kano Ministry of Health, Dr Bashir Lawan testified that the media is fully prepared in disseminating useful information to the people on covid-19.

He sheds more light on the scientific nature of viruses including the coronavirus.

Lawan further commended the efforts of the media and urged them to continue the good work of informing their audiences on the preventive measures to curtail the spread of the virus.

 

Zainab Sa’id