Abuja residents don’t obey Covid-19 rules- ex Minister

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The Ex-Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Aliyu Modibbo has raised an alarm that many FCT residents are not obeying basic guidelines and protocols put in place by pertinent administrations to avoid the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Modibbo who is the Chairman FCT Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 said this at a conference chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello with the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari.

Modibbo made it know that it was necessary to come up with a readable transmission strategy to reach the people as many of them were not fulfilling the basic protocols and policies put in place by the relevant authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello said the FCT Administration will partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the FCT Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 to draw up strategies for the implementation of new sensitization and compassionate campaigns in the fight against COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory.

Bello said that the earlier partnership with the organized private sector coordinated by the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee saw the FCT waging a largely prosperous campaign against COVID’ 19 with the provision and deployment of reasonable bed spaces, palliatives, medical supplies and equipment and personnel.

However, Bello admitted that the FCT was faced with an even bigger challenge taking into consideration the fact that many residents were in denial about the dangers of the virus and therefore not taking the necessary preventive measures against its spread.

This, therefore, Bello said necessitated the employment of new communication strategies to spread the message.

His words: “This partnership is aimed at re-invigorating the FCTA’s community communication strategies in the bid to save lives and livelihoods.”It was therefore agreed at the meeting that an ad-hoc committee be established to work out new communication strategies to be deployed in this next step of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an announcement published on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, the minister said the council will be Co-chaired by the DG NOA and Chairman of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee and consist of partners drawn from the FCTA, the NOA and the Advisory Committee.

Later NOA DG Dr Garba Abari, declared openly that the meeting further brought to the fore the robust partnership between the FCTA and the special sector in the fight against the coronavirus.

He said the new sensitisation technique to be tentatively known as the COVID-19 New Normal FCT Response intends to go beyond just creating awareness but to begin the method of behaviour revision and change of the citizenry.

This new strategy he proceeded is intended to ensure that citizens take private accountability for their health.

Abari added, the council had the experience and aptitude to take the new message to the streets, neighbourhood, places of adoration and formal institutions and also create awareness on the nexus that exists between the containment of the disease and personal responsibility.

He also said that the NOA possessed the necessary expertise and experience to spread the new message.

Also at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai’ Borno, the FCTA Director of Information and Communications, Mrs Stella Ojeme and other Members of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19.

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