Yuletide: FCTA decries non-observance of COVID-19 protocols

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As residents of Abuja defied the increasing number of active cases of COVID-19, and thronged in large groups on every available recreation parks on the city, the enforcement team of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, said it won’t allow people to violate the necessary health measures.

Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, who toured round the recreation parks Friday, scored the level of compliance high, but decried gross neglect of physical distancing.

Attah, who had a hectic time at the Magic Land Amusement Park, Millennium Park and the Central Park, controlling both vehicle and huge human traffic, said the safety measures put in place by the management of the parks were commendable, but the crowd of fun seekers were overwhelming.

He noted that while he was satisfied with the total compliance with the ‘no face masks, no entry’ orders, he would want the park owners to upscale efforts to getting compliance for all the protocols.

According to him, both Ministers of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello and Dr. Ramatu Aliyu have given enough backing for the enforcement to ensure that residents of the nation’s capital were safe throughout the festive periods and beyond.

He added that all relevant agencies in FCTA were working assiduously to control the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that the figure plummets.

“From what we are seeing here today, there is enough compliance, but where we have problems is the issue of physical distancing. There are face masks everywhere, people are seen wearing them and also washing their hands.

“The strong message from FCTA is that people should own the processes and it should show by the way we comply with the necessary measure. The Ministers want the surge of this pandemic to come as much as possible.”

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