Lockdown: Your ID Card Is Your Pass, Minister Tells Journalists

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order for the lock down of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States for 14 days, Journalists and staff of media organisations have been asked to use their valid identity cards to access their places of work and assignment venues.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the advice in a statement issued on Monday by his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi.

Buhari had in an address to the nation on Sunday over the disease, ordered the restriction of movement into and out of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, in a measure to contain the spread of the pandemic.

According to Mohammed, the clarification became necessary because there was no time to properly accredit working journalists in the affected states and the FCT before the lockdown.

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

“All working journalists and other media staff in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been advised to use their valid Identity Cards to access their places of work and assignment venues during the 14-day lockdown directed by the President in the two states and the FCT,” part of the statement.

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