However, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kogi state council has called on the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kogi state chapter toe the part of honour by taking responsibility for it’s actions.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Momohjimoh Adeiza and Seidu, Chairman and secretary respectively, the Union expressed disappointment that an Association of the NMA’s status could deny statement issued and signed by the body
The statement which reads in part said “Our attention has been drawn to a refutal by NMA on its statement on the non testing by the Kogi state government to ascertain the level of COVID-19 in the state.
According to the NUJ, it would have been better and more honourable for the Association to simply apologize to the government, when it finds out that the statement was not correct, instead of putting journalists who are simply doing their jobs at the receiving end.
The Union equally directed all journalists in the state not to report the activities of the NMA until further notice, to avoid being drawn into unnecessary confrontations with the government or any other body because of their inconsistency.
The Union commended the state government for being proactive in it’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, which has made Kogi one of the states yet to record any single case.
They called on the the government to extend support to Kogi journalists who have been in the forefront of the fight against the dreaded disease.