By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Katsina state chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), announced that one of its members, Alhaji Ayinde Suaga, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
A statement issued by the Chairman, Tukur Dan-Ali, the council expressed deep concern over the report that its Member who is also the General Manager of NTA Katsina Alhaji Ayinde Suaga, tested positive to Coronavirus.
“The NUJ hereby sympathise with Mr Ayinde, his Family, the NTA Chapel of NUJ as well as the entire Journalists in the State over this unfortunate incident.
“We hereby remind our members in Katsina State to be cautious and continue to take all precautionary measures during coverage of events and while delivering their services everywhere as Journalists.
“This, of course indicated the fact that Journalists are exposed to danger in this hard period of rampage spread of Covid – 19 pandemic every where in Nigeria particularly in most affected States including Katsina,” the statement added.
It added: “The NUJ strongly believed that Alhaji Ayinde Suaga contracted the coronavirus as a result of his day to day service as Journalist and leader of NTA Katsina.
“We equally observed that there was no time in the recent history of Katsina State that the Media House in Katsina and their workers needed support from government and non governmental organizations than now.
“Katsina State government and other stake holders should as a matter of urgency provide Media Organisations and all the practicing Journalists with Personal Protective Equipments (PPE,) and other needed support to continue with the hard work of Journalism Practice during this pandemic period.
“We thanked Katsina State government as well as its special task force on Covid-19 for working round the clock to control the spread of the pandemic.
“The NUJ also called on people of the state to support government’s policies and programmes especially on the current coronavirus pandemic.
“While wishing Alhani Ayinde Suaga quick and happy recovery, we also hope that staff of NTA Katsina, family, friends and all other contacts of him will give the necessary support to the health workers if and when the need arises.”