The wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has commended working Journalists for their active role in educating and sensitising the general public against the menace of the dreaded raging global Coronavirus disease Pandemic.
She said Journalists, not only in Kebbi State, but across the country, must be lauded especially those at the frontline, who on daily basis present to the public, reports on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Zainab made the commendation during the annual occasion of distribution of Ramadan package and palliatives to the families of deceased Journalists, organised by the Kebbi State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Monday, in Birnin Kebbi.
She said, ” I must commend the good work you are doing not only in Kebbi, but across the country.
‘ What the media are doing in the health sector on Covid 19 pandemic must be recognized, it is an issue beyond the health sector alone.
” The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, including economic and social issues, “she averred.
She urged Journalists to continue to sensitize and create awareness on Covid-19, so as to debunk myths and misconceptions on the disease
” This is in order to block any room for fake news or misinformation on the pandemic to the general public.
” There is alot of misconception out there and fake news on Covid-19 pandemic which you can help to debunk,” she furrher appealed.
The wife of the governor also commended the leadership of Kebbi State NUJ, for coming up with the annual distribution of palliatives to the families of their deceased members.
Dr Bagudu also described the gesture as an invaluable one, noting, ” it is a good gesture worthy of commendation and emulation.”
She further charged the state NUJ to sustain the program, while also advising the bereaved family members to take good care of their young ones and maintain their family bond, which according to her was keeping them united.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Alhaji Mahmuda Warra, also commended union for sustaining the program aimed at ameliorating the challenges being faced by families of the deceased members.
He acknowledged the passion and sympathy of Dr. Zainab towards the less privileged in the society.
Similarly, the General Manager of Labana Rice Mills , Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Abdullahi Idris Zuru, commended the NUJ for sustaining the program for many years.
He pledged his company’s continuous support to NUJ, for assisting the council to provide succor to the families of their deceased colleagues.
Zuru did not mince words in appreciating Dr.Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for reaching out to vulnerable groups with palliatives and her untiring sensitization programs across the length and breadth of the state, to curtail the spread of Covid -19 pandemic.
Speaking earlier, the State NUJ chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Jajirma, explained that, the council came out with the noble idea of assisting families of their deceased members who died in active service since five years ago and it continued from since inception, to date.
He commended governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his systematic fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which according to him, has lessened its impact on the people of the state.
Jajirma equally thanked the wife of the governor, for her physical presence at the epoch-making event especially for donating assorted food items, wrappers, as well as cash were doled out to the benefiting families.
He also appreciated all those who contributed in one way or the other, to ensure the success of the occasion.
One of the beneficiaries, Abubakar Nasiru thanked Dr Bagudu and the Kebbi State NUJ for the assistance given to them.
Over seventeen deceased family members of NUJ received cash, clothing materials and various food items as donation, with the large chunk of the donation coming from the wife of Kebbi State Governor.
Special Adviser (SA) Media to Kebbi State Governor