As part of effort in complementing government of Nigeria and world leaders’ efforts in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, Tuesday, April 14, embarked on sensitisation of the populace in Benin City.
The sensitisation walk was powered by Matthew Urhoghide, Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
The sensitisation and enlightenment walk which took the Union members to Ogbe primary school where the popular Oba market has been domiciled temporarily, also offered an opportunity to the members of Fourth Estate of Realm to enlighten market women precautionary measures in preventing the spread of the virus.
Enlightening the populace particularly market women, Roland Osakue, NUJ Chairman, Edo State Council, said the Union is joining hands with the federal and state governments in the fight against COVID-19, hence the sensitisation walk.
He said to prevent the virus, everyone must regularly watch his or her hands, keep his or her environment clean, and maintain social distancing.
“Today, as a Union recognise by constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and as part of job in informing and enlightening the public, we have come to tell you that coronavirus is real, and it kills faster than any sickness, and the only way to prevent it is to abide by all the precautionary measures government and medical personnel have prescribed.
“For you not to contract this virus, you must watch your hands regularly; you must keep your environment clean and maintain social distancing anywhere you find yourself”, he added.
While maintaining that all hands must be on deck in the fight against the virus, and it total defeat, Osakue urged shops owners and market women who do not have hand-washing bowls in their different locations to do so, stressing before anyone touches any goods for purchase, such hands must be washed.