Amid the recent spike of COVID-19 in the country, the Federal Capital Territory Administration on Wednesday urged churches in the nation’s capital to comply strictly with the COVID-19 protocols during the crossover services holding Thursday, December 31.
The Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of FCT COVID-19 Task Force, Ikaro Attah, urged the church leaders to obey the government’s directives to avert the spread of the virus.
“We have taken orders from the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma to enforce compliance and we are working closely with the Chairman of the FCT Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Rev. Samson Jonah, and the CAN North Central Chairmen, Rev. Israel Akanji.
“In all that we do, we are also working with the League of Imams and Ulamas and we have told all religious bodies which I believe they have also communicated to all centres of worship that will be engaging in crossover night services that they must be COVID-19 protocol compliant.
“They should put on their face masks, have hand-washing points and keep physical distancing. The halls should not be crowded.
“That means, worshippers are strongly advised to join the main programmes via online platforms and follow through. It is still the same God and creator that we are thanking that we have been able to crossover to next year”, he said.
According to him, the worship centres should not be overcrowded, adding that many faithful could also join the programme through the online platforms.
“For those who will not comply, we would not allow them to jeopardize the lives of others; those that failed to comply will be brought before the court for prosecution. Again, the centre where the protocol is flouted will be shut.
“We appeal to religious leaders and the worshippers to obey the COVID-19 protocols,” he warned.