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COVID 19: MARAN Shuts Secretariat, Tasks Govt Agencies to Provide Safety Kits for Maritime Journalists 

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As part of its contribution to the Federal Government’s effort in curtailing the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has announced that it is shutting down its International Maritime Press Centre Apapa, Lagos from Friday 27th, 2020 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 a press statement endorsed by the Secretary General of MARAN, Dapo Olawuni,the Association’s President , Mr Anya Njoku said, this is the first time since its establishment in 1988, that MARAN would be compelled to shut down its secretariat.
 “MARAN centre should be shut down  in compliance with the social distancing instructions of the Federal and Lagos State , Government. Maritime journalists shall continue to do their job as regards covering the industry and feeding Nigerians with fresh updates.’
“Since MARAN was established in 1988, this is the first time it would be compelled to shut down its secretariat”
Mr.Anya  maintained that the safety of her members is the priority of the present executives, however adding that members would continue to go to the port and report activities,as far as the ports remain opened.
He made it clear the Secretariat will not be open  to members, or  individual journalists who visit the press centre on daily basis.
He advised that all Committees set up by the association executives are should continue to monitor interactions with Maritime industry stakeholders as regards upcoming events of the association.

MARAN President  also 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.

Photograph : R-L   Obiajulu Agu, MARAN member, Mr. Anya Njoku, MARAN President,  Mr Tony Iju, ANLCA President, Austine Nwadinamuo, MARAn Member.,

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