By Stanley Onyekwere
In order to ensure that the FCT does not witness an escalation in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and prevent a public health emergency, the FCT Administration has rolled out new measures to enforce the cessation of movement and ensure its compliance by residents of the FCT.
A statement from FCTA’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, explained that new directives issued by the FCT COVID-19 Security Committee chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, following a review of the effects and level of compliance of the cessation of movement in the FCT as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID 19.
To this end, market operational days are henceforth reduced to two days in a week namely Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
Consequently, residents have been enjoined to patronize only neighborhood markets as movement from one district to the other now constitutes a violation of the lockdown.
Also, motorcycles ( otherwise known as Okada) are henceforth barred from operating anywhere in Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji during the lockdown.
Mobile courts will be activated to try all violators of the directive on the cessation of movement across the FCT.
Furthermore, the FCTA said it will step up sensitization efforts especially in the rural communities and enjoins Area Council, Chairmen, traditional rulers and community leaders to actively engage in sensitizing the populace on the dangers of COVID -19.
The statement reads: “ While the level of compliance has been satisfactory at the Federal Capital City (FCC) over the first few days of the lockdown, the same cannot be said about the satellite towns located at the various area councils where residents there have largely ignored the lockdown directive.
“Residents have used the excuse of going to the markets to flout the lockdown directives and traders selling non-essential food commodities have also used this window to open their shops in clear violation of the directives not to do so.
It adds: “The FCT Administration remains deeply committed to ensuring that the COVID-19 pandemic remains controlled in the FCT and seeks the cooperation of all residents in curtailing its spread especially into our rural and suburban communities”.