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COVID-19: Journalists on duty exempted from movement restrictions

The federal government on Monday allayed the fears of working journalists who were worried that their jobs would be in jeopardy during the 14-day lockdown, advising them and other media staff in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States to use their valid Identity Cards to access their places of work and assignment venues.

President Buhari had in a Sunday night broadcast directed the full implementation of 14-day lockdown on the two States and the FCT in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement issued in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the clarification becomes necessary in view of the inadequate time to properly accredit working

journalists in the affected states and the FCT during the period.

He said members of the media are expected to continue to provide essential services during the lockdown, in order to keep Nigerians well updated on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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