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Jabi Lake Mall Event: Take Responsibility For Your Health, FCTA Charges Residents

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…Says No Party is worth the life of anyone

Joel Ajayi

The FCT Administration has charged residents of the Territory to take personal responsibility for their health and desist from violating the extant guidelines put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory.

FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello issued this warning on Tuesday in Abuja through a  statement issued by the FCT Chief Press Secretary, CPS Anthony Ogunleye reacting to the illegal music concert held at the Jabi Lake Mall on Saturday, 13th June 2020.

According to the Minister  “Videos of the event which are still circulating on social media clearly showed a concert going on with music and live performances by a band and dancers. The video also showed attendees dancing to the live performances on the elaborately constructed stage”.

He reiterated  that several aspects of the guidelines as postulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 as well as the FCT Administration were violated with reckless abandon. “For purposes of emphasis”, said Malam Bello, “the PTF and FCTA’s guidelines clearly state the following;

“There shall be no gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace or place of worship.

“There should be mandatory use of face masks when in public

“There should be social distancing of at least 2 meters between 2 people while in public

“There is a ban on all congregational events such as parties, weddings, concerts, etc

“ There is a  closure of all  clubs, bars, gardens, beer parlors, recreational parks, communal sports facilities, movie theaters and so on

“Markets and business premises are to remain open  between 8 am and 3 pm and there is a ban on interstate travel

“All the guidelines as postulated above were clearly violated as the videos available on social media revealed.”

Malam Bello, The FCT Administration, however, stated that in views the actions of the organizers and attendees at this concert as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect and disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.

He also added that the FCT Administration which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law.

The Minister equally noted that there is a very real the possibility that a single positive individual at that event could by now have gone ahead to infect several others thereby leading to a possible exponential spread.

Speaking further, the Minister further reminded residents that COVID-19 is real and the disease has proven to be fatal. More worrisome he said is the fact that the number of new infections has been on the rise in the country and the FCT. He expressed dissatisfaction with the non-adherence to basic-COVID-19 guidelines.

“It is disheartening to see residents not adhering to even the basic guidelines of facial covering, social distancing, and hand washing or sanitizing. These guidelines have been put in place in order to save and safeguard lives”.

“Adherence to the guidelines could be the difference between life and death. This, therefore, begs the question; whether that concert or party which is clearly against the law is worth the health or life of a citizen. Clearly, no concert or party is worth the life of anyone.”

FCT Minister, therefore, encouraged residents to report to the relevant authorities when they notice infractions of the guidelines as the FCT Administration will embark on stricter enforcement measures.

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FCT REDAN Moves To Tackle Fraudulent Businessmen Posing As Estate Developers

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The FCT Chapter of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has said it is poised to tackle fraudulent businessmen posing as estate developers, swindling unsuspecting Nigerians in the process.

The association promised to arrest the situation and at the same time find solutions to the inadequate housing supply in the city exacerbated by the daily influx of Nigerians to the FCT due to general insecurity across the nation.

Abuja chapter of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria chairman, Osilama Emmanuel Osilama disclosed this to news men in Abuja, yesterday, ahead of its General meeting of all stakeholders in FCT scheduled for 15th June, 2021 with the theme “ Solution to developers’ challenges in the FCT, Rural -Urban Housing Initiative (RUHI 774) and other options.’’

He said that the General meeting will be an avenue to accelerate the concept of mass affordable housing delivery to Nigerians, initiated by REDAN, aimed to deliver 100 housing units in each of the 774 local councils of Nigeria, including the FCT.

According to him, the event will witness the introduction of REDAN FCT displinary committee as well as regulatory agencies and financial/ law enforcement agencies scheduled for Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

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