Following the widespread of coronavirus pandemic across the Nation, the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has directed that Congresses at State and Chapel levels be suspended till further notice.
According to an internal memo signed by the National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, the Walin Shadalafiya and addressed to State Councils, all large gatherings be also suspended, while journalists ensure they maintain social distancing and high personal hygiene within this period.
The statement stated that “the Coronavirus pandemic has continued to spread despite efforts by governments at different levels to contain it. Already about eight cases have been confirmed while several unconfirmed cases are still springing up across states.
“According to latest reports, about 226,470 cases have been reported globally, with about 10,000 deaths.
“With the present situation, it has therefore become imperative that the union equally takes steps to safeguard our teeming members across the 37 Councils”, the statement said.
Leman, however enjoined members to comply with directives by the Federal Ministry of Health, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant government agencies.