The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), has called on the Federal Government to take drastic measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.
The call was made on Monday, through a press release by the National President of the NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo.
While urging the Federal government to take a cue from the Lagos State government and a few other states, where workers have been asked to work from home for the next few weeks, Mr. Isiguzo said the NUJ is not happy that government is yet to shut down the federal secretariat in Abuja, saying it should be closed down with immediate.
“Specifically the Federal Government should emulate Lagos and few other states that have asked certain categories of workers to stay at home for two weeks.
“The Union is not happy that the Federal Government is not doing enough in this regard and calls for the immediate closing down of the Federal Secretariat Abuja and other offices since majority of these workers commute daily to work using public transportation.”
The NUJ president called for more awareness on the Covid-19, especially in the rural areas, where majority of the populace are still ignorant of the symptoms and the preventive measures about the virus.
“There is also an urgent need for more awareness especially in the rural areas while more Isolation centres and testing kits should be provided in the FCT and in all states of the Federation. And these should be without prejudice to the efforts of respective State Governments,” he advised.