By Maritime security News
As part of its contribution to the Federal Government’s efforts to curtail the spread of dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19), Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has has shut down its International Maritime Press Centre Apapa, Lagos till further notice.
The association has also called on relevant government agencies in the maritime sector including, NIMASA, NPA, Shippers Council and Nigeria Customs Service to provide safety kits for press men who are still sacrificing to visit the port on daily basis in order to perform their functions.
In a press statement issued by Secretary General of the Association, Dapo Olawuni, this is the first time since its establishment in 1988, that MARAN would be compelled to shut down its secretariat.
He however maintained that safety of her members is priority of the present executives.
The MARAN Scribe however cleared that members, as journalists will continue to go to the port and report activities, in as much as the ports remain opened.
He said the Secretariat will not be open to members, or individual journalists who visit the press centre on daily basis.
He said that all Committees set up by the association executives are advised to continue to monitor interactions with Maritime industry stakeholders as regards upcoming events of the association.
According to Olawuni “The President of MARAN, Mr. Anya Njoku has directed that the MARAN centre should be shut down in compliance with the social distancing instructions of the Federal and Lagos State Government”
He said the President also enjoined charged the relevant government agencies in the maritime sector to provide journalists covering the industry with hand Sanitizers, nose masks, hand gloves and other safety kits against the Coronavirus pandemic.