By Taiwo Okanlawon
Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, has donated locally-fabricated face masks to journalists in the state.
The NURTW boss presented the items on Monday to Lagos Council Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Quasim Akinreti, when the latter led a delegation on a visit to NURTW Secretariat in Agege.
MC Oluomo said the face masks were part of the union’s support for journalists as one of the vulnerable groups in the frontline, reporting the COVID-19 situation.
“The media is one of the cardinal groups in winning the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. They have been informing and educating us on how to prevent contracting the virus as well as halt its spread,” he said.
“That is why I deemed it fit to lend my support to what you are doing; for your dedication, steadfastness, among others. You are doing a great job that must be commended and encouraged. You have kept the public abreast of activities of government in the fight against the virus.
“I, hereby, express my readiness to partner with the media in impacting positively on the society at large. Do not hesitate to call on me whenever the need arises.”
MC Oluomo called on journalists to adhere strictly to precautionary measures aimed at preventing them from contracting the virus.
Akinreti applauded MC Oluomo, saying the face masks would go a long way in ensuring the safety of journalists.
The NUJ boss called on other well-meaning individuals, groups and organisations to emulate MC Oluomo’s gesture by supporting journalists in the course of their duties.