ActionAid has called on the Nigerian government to lower tariffs on consumables used by the media and costs of data to enable it survive the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
This was part of recommendations in a 110 paged report on the impact of COVID-19 on the media.
The Country Director ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs Eni Obi explained that it was part of the social responsibility role of the International Non-Governmental Organization to support the media in challenging times such as the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Action-Aid would continue to stand with the Nigeria Media in any situation that demanded support.
‘’ActionAid would also support journalists to promote press freedom and cater for their needs under the hash condition created by covid-19 Pandemic,’’ Mrs Obi stated.
ActionAid also urged the government to improve telecommunication operators’ quality of service and grant tax holiday
“The need for palliatives for media organizations as well as single-digit loan facilities within the Central Bank of Nigeria plans for covid-19 interventions,’’ the report recommended.
The lead researcher and Managing Editor, Next Edition Newspaper, Mr Isine Ibanga said the report captured the challenges faced by the media as a result of the global pandemic.
“The report focused on the operations in a newsroom under covid-19 and recommendations that if implemented would improve the Nigeria Media operations and the chances of survival after the pandemic”
He, therefore, called on stakeholders to see the report as a first step to ensure that the media is protected and catered for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Voice of Nigeria