By Stanley Onyekwere
In the wake of the second wave of Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, Abuja residents’ hope of enjoying the ambience of the popular Millennium recreation park this yultide, may have been dashed, as the FCT Administration insists the park remains shut down for any social activities.
The Millennium park adjudged to be the largest public recreational centre in Abuja, and located within a serene environment of Maitama District of the nation’s capital city, has been under heavy restrictions since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Making this disclosure yesterday, when FCTA officials addressed Abuja Park Operators Association, the Administration said the decision not open the park was a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
Director, FCT Department of Parks and Recreation, Hajya Riskatu Abdulazeeze, warned that any park that violates the established health protocols, risks being sealed off, or outright revocation of the lease.
Abdulazeeze also noted that an enforcement team had started operations to ensure compliance, while urging operators of the recreational parks to adopt “ no face mask no entry “ rules.
Also, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Enforcement team on COVID-19, Ikharo Attah, reiterated that the Millennium park as the epicenter of social gathering during festivities won’t be left opened to the public during the yultide.
According to him, the park usually experience an uncontrollable explosive crowd during festivities which could spell doom for residents, in view of the ravaging pandemic.
He directed operators of parks in Abuja to observe all health protocols , otherwise face the Mobile court that would sit even on Christmas day.
Not left out, one of the Park Operators, Smart Saheed who represented Eden Garden at meeting, assured that members of the Association have resolved to constitute a compliance taskforce to boost the efforts of FCT Administration.