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There's a lot of work a head of the Nigerian government pertaining the current novel COVID-19 pandemic, most notably current situation in kano, which is getting worse every blessing day. Government needs to stand firm and strong and apply all the necessary steps and methods to tackle the rapid spread of this virus in the country, irrespective of whom it may affect or concern because is better to halt the spread now before it worsens. Currently, Kano state is leading the race of confirmed cases and death as reported by the national center for disease control NCDC, the disease is happily enjoying its adventure in the state looking at how it spreads everywhere like a wild fire. Kano as a very well known commercial state has a lot of crowdy places due to the large number of masses that are always always busy making a lively business across the major markets, which people from different states across the country comes and exchange goods and services. As the World Press Day is celebrated across the globe, the leadership of Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano state branch, has joined the millions of journalists to commemorate the day by calling on the Federal government to urgently tackle the coronavirus pandemic situation in Kano State before it worsens and gets out of hand. This was also as it called on the government to provide Personal Protection Equipments, PPEs and palliative measures for the working journalists to stay safe and alive in order to carry out it responsibilities of informing and educating the public on the waves of the deadly disease. The Chairman, Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu made the disclosure in a report issued via its media to commemorate the day which has its theme as: “Journalism without Fear or Favour,” in the state. The chairman of the union, also added that, “We are also of the candid opinion that the Federal Government should immediately starts its effort on the best way to halt the Kano COVID-19 situation before it gets out of hand, just as we appeal to the conscience of development partners, donor agencies and good spirited individuals to show compassion to the Government and good people of Kano state at this critical time. “As we commend the efforts made so far by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration in stopping the spread of the Virus, we ask for renewed cooperation with working journalists in the state to achieve a good and desired results that all the nation crave for. “As major stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19, we reiterate our dedication, hardworking and commitment to dispense our professional energy into the synergized mission to stamp out the dreaded Corona Virus from the face of this earth, through the promotion of free and responsible press. “We also wish to show our weight to several calls from different quarters for journalists to be provided with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Palliatives to enable us stay safe and alive to inform and educate the public on the waves of the Corona Virus which has distorted history and events across the world. “Even with the barrier created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we as a body recognize the fact that the World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. “It is also our view to remind the governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. “Once again, we say congratulations to all members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm as we celebrate today in sober reflection. We salute the dedication, sacrifice and devotion of health workers who are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. As we pray for the quick recovery of those at Isolation Centres, we also supplicate for the repose of the souls of the dead. Finally, chairman of union call and give advice to the public to strictly abide by all protocols of fighting and preventing COVID-19,as stated by the government to Stay home, stay safe. Wash your hands, sanitize your hands. Avoid crowd, maintain social distancing. Respect the lockdown order. COVID-19 is real,” Shuaibu concluded
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