Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria, AMJON, has called on multinationals and government agencies in the maritime sector to provide safety kits for journalists as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the association said the kit such as hand sanitizers, hand gloves, nose masks, and even financial support would help them to be adequately equipped to give an up to date report to the public on the Coronavirus disease as events unfold.
They asked agencies such as Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Safety Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), and Nigeria Customs Service among others to support the media in provision of these kits so as to discharge functions appropriately.
President of AMJON, Paul Ogbuokiri urged members and stakeholders in the maritime industry to ensure they observe preventive measures by avoiding large crowds, social-distancing, personal hygiene and self-isolation if the need arises.
“It is glaring that nations and businesses across the world have come to a standstill due to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). There is no gainsaying the fact that the human race is facing one of its most trying times in recent history.
“At this time it is very important to always check on our friends, colleagues, clients, brothers and sisters, not leaving out our stakeholders and business partners. By so doing, we are being our brother or sister’s keeper.
“For sure there is hope in the horizon that we shall all come out stronger as a nation. God bless us all,” AMJON said.