COVID-19: Ogun NUJ shuts down secretariat, ‘orders’ journalists to work from home

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Chapter on Wednesday announced that both the Union and private businesses within the premises of its secretariat in Iwe-Iroyin house, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta have been closed down indefinitely in other to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Caretaker General Secretary of the Union, Oluokun Wale stated this in a statement. 

Wale said, the secretariat will remain closed pending the period when the ban on public gatherings will be relaxed. 

PLATFORM TIMES reports that many journalists in the state usually converge at the press centre before proceeding to their respective assignments.  

PLATFORM TIMES further reports that many of the journalists who usually come to the press centre might not have any other choice than to work from home.  

Wale in the statement said the closure will take effect from 7 a.m on Thursday, 26th of March 2020.

The caretaker secretary explained that the closure was to comply with the directives of the Government and the National Secretariat of the  Union. 

He added that there is need for precautionary measures to safeguard the health of journalists and general public.  

The statement reads partly, “due to the global spread of the Corona virus and the recent ban of all high-density gatherings in Ogun State and the NUJ national Headquarters directive to all the State councils to suspend all activities that could bring people together, the Caretaker Committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Ogun state having consulted widely and reviewed the activities at the Secretariat wishes to inform the general public that the centre housing both the Union and private businesses be closed down pending the period when the ban on public gatherings will be relaxed from 7 a.m Thursday, 26th of March 2020.

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“The reasons for the closure include compliance with government and our Union National secretariat’s directives and the need for precautionary measures to safeguard the health of our members and the general public.
“Operators of businesses within the premises are hereby through this notice reminded of the need to comply with the lockdown order in the interest of public health.

“All the twelve (12) Chapels leadership are advised to close their chapel offices for public transactions as part of the measures to safeguard the health of their members.

“We also urged Journalists in Ogun state to adhere strictly with preventive measures and follow experts advice on COVID 19 prevention.”

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