COVID-19: NGIJ Commends FG, State Govts on Measures to End Spread Deadly Virus

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…As NGIJ Charges Public to Comply With Crowd Restrictions, Hygiene Precautions

By James Ezema

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has commended the Federal Government and State governments over the strategic approaches and coordinated efforts towards controlling the Coronavirus epidemic and assuring good health for Nigerians.

In a statement signed by Mr. Israel O. Bolaji, NGIJ Vice President, Information and Strategy, and made available to journalists in Lagos, the Guild commended both the Federal Government and state governments, especially Lagos State over the effective approach and strategies reeled out in stemming the spread of the deadly virus.

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The Guild, in view of the new cases, also charged the general public, religious, social and community leaders to strictly comply and encourage their followers to do the same with crowd restriction and personal hygiene measures as directed by the Government and medical authorities to curtail the increasing spread of Covid-19 across the country.

The statement added that it has become imperative and a matter of utmost priority for all Nigerians to support government in the fight by complying and educating others to avert an impending catastrophe particularly with the fresh cases popping up in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory lately.

“It has become clear that the epidemic is real and cannot be wished away; government alone cannot control the epidemic without the cooperation of the people, and health precautions and abstaining from large gatherings are some of the key strategies for controlling the spread.

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Nigeria has recorded 22 cases till date but with the cooperation of the general public, the nation will come out victorious in the battle.

“We urge Nigerians to shun mythological beliefs and denials, avoid large gathering and frequently wash their hands with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizers to stay safe and healthy”, the Guild stated.

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