COVID-19: State House trims number of Journalists


Timothy Choji, Abuja

As Nigeria continues to take proactive measure towards containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Media Unit of the State House has reduced the number of Journalists covering the seat of power to 16 as an interim measure, in line with guidelines on public gatherings.

In a circular issued on Tuesday, Deputy Director of Information in the State House, Attah Esa said the downsizing takes effect from Wednesday, March 25.

He said: “In view of the current restriction in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against gathering of not more than 50 persons at the same time at any venue, as well as to be able to maintain social distancing following the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, it has become imperative to drastically review down the presence of the over 100 State House Correspondents who usually rendezvous in the Press Briefing Room in the Presidential Villa during this period since all other departments have scaled down the presence of their staff.”

Esa said only the under listed correspondents are to enter the Villa for media coverage of any event beginning from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice as the Covid-19 incidence will dictate.

  1.   Chairman, SH Press Corps – for coordination
  2.   NTA crew
  3.   Channels TV crew
  4.   TVC crew
  5.   FRCN reporter
  6.   VON reporter
  7.   NAN reporter
  8.   The Sun Reporter
  9.   Thisday Photographer
  10.   Leadership Photographer
  11.   Daily Trust Photographer
  12.   Guardian Photographer
  13.   Vanguard Photographer

“During this interim arrangement, we advise those who are not represented in the above list to liaise with those listed for necessary information/news as well as the Information Officers in the President’s Media Office.” Esa added.

Esa appealed for understanding and cooperation as the security department enforces the restriction measure during this trying period.


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