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New year: FCTA slashes church attendance by 50%

By Sarah NEGEDU

Worship centres across the nation’s capital may have to restrict access to just half of their congregation, as the Federal Capital Territory Administration is insisting on its directive for all religious and social gatherings be limited to 50percent carrying capacity of halls.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, the restrictions had become necessary following the worrisome surge in new cases of  COVID-19.
Attah, in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, urged churches planning an elaborate new year Eve religious ritual, popularly called ” crossover night ” to obey constituted authorities and adhere strictly to the recommended preventive measures and health guidelines, stressing that the restrictions remains sacrosanct and enforceable.
He also said that the ban on nightclubs and other social gatherings where physical distancing and non pharmaceutical protocols can’t be achieved, remains in force.
He disclosed that on 26th December alone the city recorded an alarmingly disturbing 806 New cases, while on the 27th the new cases were 57. 
Attah noted that the report on Tuesday 28th December, that 80 new cases were recorded in the nation’s capital, was not a cheering news and so, there has to be effective collaboration between government and all stakeholders to tackle the pandemic.
He said the FCT Ministers had at different occasions met with religious leaders and other stakeholders, creating synergy against the deadly pandemic, and also reiterating their commitments  to keeping Abuja safe and secured.
While he appealed to religious leaders and residents to ensure complete compliance with all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Health and Human Services Secretariat last week, he noted that enforcement team would be mobilized to track down violators who will be made to face the laws of the land. 
He added that the administration will continue to do everything necessary to have a healthy and prosperous capital city that is free from diseases and all manner of anti human elements in the new year.
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