FCTA warns residents against flouting lockdown ease guidelines

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disclosed that it intends to apply the full weight of the law on anyone who flouts the lockdown ease directive come  Monday.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, gave the stern warning in a statement made signed by Anthony  Ogunleye, his Chief Press Secretary.

According to the FCT Minister, security agencies have reviewed their strategies on enforcing the ban on interstate travel and have adopted new ones to ensure its complete compliance.

Bello further stated that the ban on interstate travel was essential to prevent the spread of the virus either by infected persons coming into the FCT, or, infected persons from the FCT spreading the virus to other parts of the country.

He said “We also realized that one weak area that has confronted us is the fact that enforcement of the inter-state movement has not been very successful and that’s an area where if we are not very careful, will make it very difficult for us to prevent infection by people who are visiting the FCT from other parts of the country.

”By the same token also, if the enforcement is not very strong, infected people from the FCT will also move out to other states. At the end of the day, nationally, we all lose.

”The security agencies will deploy additional personnel and resources to all the entry points using coordinated joint teams to be headed by very senior officers to ensure that the enforcement of the directive is carried out totally while being conscious of those that are permitted to move around.

”The ultimate objective of the FCTA and the security agencies is to safeguard the lives of the citizens of the FCT and by extension, the citizens of the surrounding states as well as Nigerians in general.

”The directives are very clear. Offices are open for specific categories of staff on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and within a specific time range of 8.00am to 2.00pm.

”So, my advice is anybody who has no reason to come out based on these directives should just stay at home.

”Please be reminded that the security and medical personnel have been working hard on the frontlines and that residents can show appreciation by obeying all established health and security protocols.

 

 

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