Covid-19: Media Personnel Needs Support – Rachel The Piper

By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja

Founder and president, Rachel The Piper Foundation, Ambassador Rachel Bakam, a media personality, Peace and Tourism and Anti-human Trafficking Ambassador, said that media personnel who are also frontline personality needs to the supported. She said this yesterday while sharing palliatives for selected media organization in Abuja, a project her foundation and FCT Alert News Magazine are collaborating to delivered.

Some of the media visited includes News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Leadership Newspapers.

According to Bakam, “the media people are my people because I am a media personality myself, and they are frontline people because they covered the Covid-19 pandemic heads on. They don’t shy away from news and from the hot zones, they get in there and bring the news to us, so, the media people are also a priority that is why we reach out to them.

“Before this, we have reached out to New Kuchigoro IDP camp; we have gone all the way to Kaduna State, Angwan Kaje to be precise to reach out to them with palliatives. We intend to go to Angwan Gwari after today’s exercise to reach out to them. One of the foundation’s goals is to reach out to the downtrodden in the society, to put smiles on the faces of the people, give them hope and stability, to empower and show acts of kindness to them.

She said the event was successful courtesy supports from her partners, Mr Alex Nwankwo, CEO AMITY GLOBAL NETWORK, Comrade (Chief) Isaac Balami, president, Nigeria Rebirth Foundation, Mrs Diana Patrick, Mr E. R Offor, Mr Fineboy Mark, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, Mr Nuhu Ezekiel, Mr Uwakolam Godwin Chukwudi, Queen Zion Torkwase Kilgore.

The Deputy Editor-in-Chief, NAN, Mr Julius Enehikhuere while responding to the Foundation when they visited their office, said, their coming was a big surprise, saying for an agency like them to come to the office to appreciate their efforts, that it is commendable. He we pray that God will give them strength to do more in years to come.

Ekene Ezeque, CEO, FCT Alert News Magazine, said they chose journalists for this palliative because of their roles in reporting during this Covid-19. He said that despite the risks they are exposed to as well as their families while reporting events for the Covid-19, less attention is paid on them. This he said inform their decision to reach out to the press to ameliorate on their sufferings.

Publisher of Abuja Press, Mr Alex Nwankwo, who is partner to the foundation, said the media played key roles in the fight against Covid-19, but they are hardly noticed. Saying, for people to even know that Covid-19 exist, it is because of the role the media is playing. Mr Nwankwo said this is not the first time the foundation is reaching out to people, that they have done it in other states across the federation.

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