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COVID-19: FCTA moves to enforce strict compliance with protection statute
• Urges awareness campaigns in Area Councils

Feb, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will ensure strict compliance with the provisions of Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulation 2021 as released by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. This was part of resolutions reached following a stakeholders meeting held recently at FCDA Conference Hall, Abuja.

The meeting, which was chaired by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, was also attended by Minister of State, FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, National Incidence Manager of PTF on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, political, traditional and religious leaders as well as heads of various security agencies in FCT. Other resolutions reached include the need for FCTA to sanction erring corporate organisations and ensure effective use of the mobile court system for trial of offenders.

The FCTA is to also increase public education and community engagement following a baseline assessment of how much the populace know about the virus and launch massive awareness campaigns across the six Area Councils of FCT to further sensitize members of the public on COVID-19. While it was noted that commercial transportation is one of the major modes of transmitting the disease, it was resolved that all road transport unions will be engaged to ensure strict enforcement of provisions of the regulations.

The meeting further resolved that there was need for traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to fully mobilize and enlighten their various subjects and followers respectively on the need to fully comply with the resolutions. This is in addition to ensuring strict compliance in all markets across the FCT. While all public and private schools are to ensure full compliance with the provisions, it was also resolved that there was the need for the provision of affordable face masks for members of the public.

Speaking earlier, FCT Minister said that even though the FCT is regarded as an epicenter, the Administration has been successful in its response to the disease, assuring of FCTA's preparedness to fight the second wave through the cooperation of all stakeholders across the Territory. In the words of the Minister, "My appeal to you is that please, let us work hard, particularly at the community level and that is why I am so happy to see that out of the six Area Council Chairmen, five are present today."

The Minister also disclosed that the Task Force on COVID-19 Guidelines Enforcement will be re-invigorated to ensure that enforcement cascades down to the community and grassroots level while reminding security agencies that enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines was now a presidential directive that must be implemented. Appealing to the PTF for funding to help in enforcement of the guidelines, the Minister expressed satisfaction with the efforts FCTA has committed so far to the fight against COVID-19 because those efforts have saved lives.

In her remarks, the Minister of State, FCT, Dr Aliyu expressed FCTA's appreciation to PTF on COVID-19 for its commitment and dedication in directing the nation's response to the pandemic. She called on all residents to work together to effectively combat the disease, saying " if there is anything we have learned in the fight against COVID-19 thus far, it is the realization that working together, we can conquer any challenge that threatens our collective wellbeing." She added that the FCT through committed efforts has succeeded in containing the magnitude of the pandemic and saved a large number of lives.

In his contribution, the FCT Commissioner of Police and Chairman of the FCT COVID -19 Enforcement Task Force, Mr. Bala Ciroma, said that the enforcement team will not only carry out enforcement but will also carry out enlightenment campaigns as well and called on Area Council Chairmen to set up enforcement teams at the local government level. Also present at the event were the Chairmen of Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada, Abuja Municipal, and Bwari Area Councils as well as the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, the Onah of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, the FCT CAN Chairman, Dr Samson Jonah, the Imam, Abuja National Mosque, Dr Mohammed Kabir, heads of civil society organisations and other critical stakeholders.

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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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