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COVID-19: Stop playing with peoples’ lives – Group tackles Makinde over poor-handling of Coronavirus

A socio-cultural group, Oyo Youths United for Greatness (OYYUG), on Tuesday, blamed the Oyo State Government over what it termed as poor dealing with of the pandemic Coronavirus often known as Covid-19.

OYYUG in a press release signed by its Secretary, Olufunmilayo Adeboye and made accessible to journalists shortly after emergency assembly of the group in Oyo city on Tuesday, additionally known as on the state Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde to warning one of his aides, Moses Alao, in opposition to attacking journalists within the state.

DAILY POST gathered that the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), had yesterday raised an alarm that the state Governor, Mr. Makinde was not able to curtail the unfold of Coronavirus within the state.

The union mentioned that the poor dealing with of the stories on Covid-19 proven that the Governor and the state authorities aren’t able to sort out the menace.

However, Makinde in a press release issued by his Special Assistant (Print Media), Moses Alao, described as false and full misrepresentation, a press release issued by the NUJ.

He added that the place of the NUJ was given out of lack of satisfactory data and possibly with the intent to mislead the folks of Oyo State and trigger panic and disaffection in the direction of the federal government.

But, OYYUG whereas reacting, mentioned that Makinde and his aide had been playing with the lives of the folks by attacking journalists who gave the place of the state preparation in opposition to Covid-19.

“Having gone by way of the discharge made yesterday by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, we found that the report solely analysed the preparedness of the Oyo State Government to sort out the ravaging coronavirus (COVID-19). Without being biased, NUJ’s motion was mainly pushed by public curiosity not politics and have to be recommended.

“One would have anticipated Moses Alao to present knowledgeable recommendation to his principal being a media personnel as a substitute of attacking journalists like a lion that misplaced its canine enamel throughout an assault. In Alao’s assertion, he asserted that the report was politically motivated and written by untrained journalists.

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“Some assertion within the launch signed by Alao had been made to place integrity of the journalists within the state doubtful and gave the difficulty political colouration. This we thought of to be very insulting and unwarranted, and ought to not have been made in opposition to males of a noble occupation whose curiosity is to supply all to guard the lives of each particular person in our society throughout this powerful interval.

The group mentioned that the difficulty of COVID-19 was not a private or political challenge, however a basic challenge that put all residents of the state together with the governor in addition to the lots in danger.

“The function of journalists as agenda setters can’t be jettisoned at this significant time when the lives of all together with that of the state governor, state executives and their members of the family are in danger.

“It is nice to notice that the isolation centre claimed by authorities to be Jericho hospital now was by no means recognized to the general public till yesterday after NUJ’s assertion.

“But, we are happy that the 5-bed spaces at the Jericho Hospital designated as isolation centre shortly after the report according to the Commissioner for Health has now increased to 10-bed hospital. We thank the governor for this prompt action and increment which to some extent has assuage our fears. We hope to see more of this as we collectively tackle the ravaging virus. Our advice to the state governor is to see the media as strong stakeholders in the project ‘Oyo State’ and work closely with them to realise his objective of promoting good governance. In addition, every observation raised by the NUJ should be holistically viewed from progressive point of view.”


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