COVID- 19: Culture Chief, Runsewe, Hails Obaigbena for THISDAY Dome Offering



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded new cases of COVID- 19 since last March  when the first index case was reported; at one time  this month the nation was  grappling with 3526 Coroavirus patients. The authorities had expressed concern over logistics, especially shortage isolation centres. It is therefore welcoming when well- heeled individuals came to the rescue by assisting government. Prince Nduka Obaigbena who is also the publisher of the iconic THISDAY newspaper and Chairman of Arise Television, came forward to offer his THISDAY Dome, Abuja, an upmarket hospitality.event  centre. The facility, which was converted to a 320-bed COVID- 19 isolation centre was presented to the Health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire last Wednesday who received it on behalf of the federal government.
The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe hailed Obaigbena for his kind gesture despite the many challenges posed by COVID- 19 pandemic on the media sector.
Runsewe described the donation by Obaigbena, a media entrepreneur, as a “gesture with most humane touch,” urging “all men of good will, particularly in the media and creative sector to emulate the footsteps of the THISDAY publisher to help touch and bring succour to the vulnerable souls in need of care and preservation.”
He said: The Duke of Nigerian media has shown the true colours of the true Nigerian entrepreneur. He is one of our best, showing the very exemplary love of media persons in truth and spirit to the commitment of national unity and development.”
Runsewe who is patron of the organised Nigerian media practitioners, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) while describing the 320-bed facility donated to the federal government as world-class, reflecting the detailed response of a media mind to challenges and expectations of this uncertain times.
“The Duke of the Nigerian media certainly has made the Nigerian media community proud as he is possibly the first media face globally to respond to the yearning to help arrest the demons of this pandemic,” he said. Adding:”We are proud and commend his sacrifice.”
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