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FCTA spits fire as fake COVID-19 'inspectors' dupe residents

Feb, 2021 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned FCT residents not to part with their hard-earned money to persons parading themselves as COVID-19 inspectors, saying there were no such inspectors in the nation's capital. Head, Media and Enlightenment of FCTA COVID-19 Enforcement Taskforce, Mr. Ikharo Attah, who gave the warning last week during a media chat, disclosed that the taskforce was being inundated with negative reports to that end, adding that criminals masquerading as inspectors were not agents of government.

While he debunked rumours that members of his taskforce were complicit in the criminal act, he also revealed that FCT Police Command had launched a manhunt for the criminal syndicate behind the despicable action. Attah stressed that neither the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 nor FCTA authorized anyone to penalize violators of health guidelines, adding that it was only the government-constituted Mobile Courts that had the right to penalize violators.

According to him, any group of persons found extorting money from members of the public under any guise should be reported to the appropriate authorities, as such activities remain illegal. He stated: "We actually work on the platform of integrity having been set up together by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello under the chairmanship of the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma. We don't go out asking people for money on issues relating to COVID-19 guidelines.

"We actually avoid going to meet people to ask them to give us money for whatever. But it's quite disheartening and disturbing that we have heard such rumours before now, that people go round in the name of COVID-19 enforcement. "We don't have any office or any person like COVID-19 Inspection Officer, who we have assigned to go round. The Commissioner of Police, who is our Chairman, has not approved such kind of officers to go round. All those in this act should desist from it. The PTF at the national level had given the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols for us to observe. "There are events that they have allowed to operate here and many events including schools.

News Update

Defending the budget, Malam Bello called it a balanced budget, adding that capital expenditure will gulp 54.56% or N163,651,140,779.25 while recurrent expenditure takes home 45.44% amounting to N136,312,350,743.21 of the total estimates.

Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off COVID-19 vaccination for residents of the Territory, just as she declared the safety of the vaccine.

Seven state Governors and one Deputy Governor graced the unveiling ceremony which was performed during the Nigerien President's visit to Nigeria. The unveiling was performed by the visiting President himself last week.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who flagged off the programme last week in Gwagwalada, affirmed that the initiative was a strategy to enhance social inclusion.


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