COVID-19: Journalists Accuses Benue Committee of Cornering Protective Materials

Benue State chapter of the Correspondent Chapel has accused members of the action committee on the COVID-19 in the state of cornering for themselves and family members materials meant for protective measures for those working in the field.

The chapels particularly accused Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi and that of Health, Mr. Sunday Ongbabo who were allegedly seen carting away packs of masks and sanitizers for themselves and family members.

The union also lamented the adamant refusal of the State Action Response Committee on coronavirus to provide them with materials.

Governor Samuel Ortom upon request by the union had directed that a journalist be included on the committee with further instructions that essential materials/equipment like sanitizers and face masks be distributed to them.

But as at the time of filing this report, two weeks after the directives, the materials are yet to come the way of the media that are supposed to be accompanying the committee in the field.

Commenting on this ugly development, Chairman of Chapel, Aloysius Umalo regretted the manner the committee is treating journalists in the state.

“It is unfortunate what is happening. We are on essential duties and need these equipment to protect ourselves,” he decried.

It should be recalled that the state government has released the sum of 76 million naira to the committee while United Bank of Nigeria, UBA also, disbursed the sum of 28.5 million naira to the Benue State government.