The management of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has mass-produced face masks, sanitisers, information manual and jotters for immediate distribution to media houses and cultural stakeholders nationwide for effective coverage of the deadly coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe.
The director-general of the agency, Olusegun Runsewe, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday while unveiling the package, said the items which were 100 per cent locally made would be distributed to both journalists on the field and those in the newsrooms for free nationwide.
Runsewe, who is also the president, World Crafts Cultural Council, said that the council was more concerned about the health condition of the media practitioners in the country who were being exposed to dangers in the course of their profession.
According to him, “We commend the Nigerian press for rising to the occasion by ensuring the timely and effective dissemination of adequate and correct information about the pandemic, we call on the Press not to relent on their oars in sensitising the masses and mobilising efforts and resources towards eradicating the pandemic.
“The use of Nigerian fabric for the face masks has vindicated my earlier position that we must continue to look inward for the diversification of our economy and the creation of jobs. If we didn’t introduce this local one, Nigerians will still continue patronise the fake imported face masks and sanitisers.”
Runsewe also appealed to the Ebonyi State governor to resolve the face-off with journalists in his state amicably in the overall interest of the state and the country in general, bearing in mind that all hands must be on deck for the eradication of the deadly coronavirus scourge in the country.
On how to further curb the further spread of the pandemic in the country, Runsewe said, “relevant government agencies, traditional rulers and opinions models across the country must now step up public awareness while each state should establish a Neighbourhood Forum where authentic information about the virus can be easily accessed.
According to him, “It is my opinion that a National Document on COVID-19 is published at the end of the victory over the pandemic. This will be a compendium on how the disease came to Nigeria and how it was fought and defeated.”
The NCAC boss who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the effective steps taken so far to end the pandemic in the country commiserated with him and Nigerians in general over the demise of his chief of staff during the critical period.
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