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UN envoy lauds FCTA efforts in tackling Covid-19

16thth Nov, 2020 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Nigeria, Ambassador Edward Kallon has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory.

The UN envoy who gave the commendation when he led a team on a courtesy visit to FCTA, said his organization will continue to support FCTA in its fight to ensure that the virus is kept in check. Ambassador Kallon explained that funds from the UN Basket Fund which was launched by the UN specifically to address the pandemic was being used to procure medicines and non-pharmaceutical items to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for onward distribution to all 36 states of the Federation and FCT.

The envoy, who lamented the non-compliance to the use of non-pharmaceutical items by many residents, stressed that the virus was going to be around until a vaccine was developed. He, therefore, urged leaders not to relent in their efforts at educating the populace on the use of face masks, frequent hand washing with soap and water and maintenance of social distancing.

Urging FCTA to increase its testing base, especially with the opening of schools, Kallon called for more vigilance and warned against complacency. Responding, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello also commended UN for supporting Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19. He particularly appreciated the body for all support the FCT had enjoyed thus far and expressed hope for more support.

Malam Bello urged the UN to also focus its COVID-19 intervention in FCT on provision of water facilities to encourage frequent washing of hands by residents across the Territory.

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Malam Bello made the call while decorating his newly-promoted Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Ahmed Rasheed, and three other officers in his security team with their new ranks.

The Chief of Medical Service, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, said that NAF had been supplying oxygen to hospitals across the country since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020.

"Explaining the debilitating effects of the pandemic on virtually all aspects of human endeavour globally, Mallam Abdulrazaq stated that Covid-19 did not, however, stop the Secretariat from delivering quality service to FCT residents.

The Administration cited illegality in the location of the farms, adding that the farms were built on an area designated for Kubwa District Centre and other parts to individuals for residential purposes.


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