Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has informed media practitioners in the country that their official identity cards would serve as their pass in the states, including th FCT, affected by the lock-down order issued by President Buhari.
In a statement released in Abuja on Monday, the minister advised all media practitioners in Lagos and Ogun States as well as Abuja, which are under lock-down, to make use of their official Identity Cards to access their offices and news beats during the 14-day lock-down.
According to the minister, the clarification became necessary due to lack of time to properly accredit working journalists in the affected states and the FCT during the period.
He enjoined members of the media to continue providing essential services during the lock-down, in order to keep Nigerians well updated on the COVID-19 pandemic.
*** Iyke Nwabueze