Federal Territory Administration, FCTA, says it is considering declaring another round of lockdown in the territory if residents continue to ignore adherence to health protocols as 2nd wave of covid-19 fully hit the FCT.
FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, stated this on Monday at the FCT emergency stakeholders review meeting on the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
While frowning at the non-compliance of COVID-19 safety protocol by residents, Bello noted that the second wave of the virus has become deadlier as lives are already being lost in the territory.
The minister called on FCT residents to adhere to all protocols stipulated to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by maintaining social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing face masks even as he warned that declaring another round of lockdown will be detrimental to the city’s economy.
“Because that is the only way we can ensure that lives are saved and protected. We all have to appreciate that Covid-19 is here, it has come back with vengeance.
“It is killing people and that reality is something that we all leaders both religious, traditional, and government officials have to go back to our various communities and send this message.
“We know that there is fatigue everybody is tired of covid-19 but the reality is that it is here. We all need to have our internal motivation and strength to be able to really take a very good leap to make sure that we jointly fight the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic,” Bello said.
On his part, Senator Philip Aduda, representing FCT, commended the FCT Minister for conveying the stakeholders meeting for them to know that the second wave of covid-19 was serious.
The lawmaker urged FCT residents to adhere strictly to all Covid-19 precautionary guidelines such as wearing facemasks, observing physical distancing, and regular washing of hands.
Earlier, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, urged the Minister to reactivate the COVID-19 Protocols Enforcement Task Team to stop its violation in the territory.
“This has to be enforced, they can provide takeaways otherwise they should close for the Christmas period because it is an area that attracts people for mass gathering,” he said.
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