Fears that uncontrolled crowd during the New Year eve religious gatherings may further spike the already growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Abuja, a combined team from relevant agencies of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) stormed some mega churches with sensitisation campaign.
The Administration said that given the nature of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, already ravaging very worrisomely in FCT, and the known overcrowding tradition of worship centres during the crossover, it was necessary to appeal to religious groups to adopt the recommended health guidelines.
The Senior Special Assistant the FCT on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah said the decision to visit Mega Churches that has large followership and tendencies for overcrowding, was to avert a situation capable of destroying stakeholders’ investments and efforts at containing the pandemic.
He also warned that FCT Administration would hold church and religious leaders responsible for any breach, leading to health emergency in their domains.
The Director, Public Health Department of FCTA, Dr.
Abduralman Sadiq, said the sensitisation visit became important, following the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Abuja.
Sadiq lamented that in spite of measures put in place, the pandemic was still hitting hard on the territory.
He disclosed that while Covid-19 Isolation centres in Abuja, hitherto emptied, were getting crowded as a result of the spike, one death was recorded on Thursday in one of the treatment centres.
The Chairman, FCT Chapter, Christian Association of Nigeria,( CAN) Rev.
Samson Jonah, who was physically present when the team visited the First Baptist Church, Area 11, Garki, said the Association had directed all Churches to limit gathering in their worship centres to half its capacity.
Jonah also noted that the Christian Community in Abuja will continue to support government’s efforts, and will also intensify prayers for the elimination of the diseases.
The Churches visited include, The First Baptist Church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 10 Headquarters, Wuse 2, and the Glory Dome of Dunamis International Gospel.
Covid-19: FCTA cautions Abuja Churches ahead of crossover night