Coronavirus: FCT taskforce clears Abuja recreational spots of fun-seekers

Coronavirus: FCT taskforce clears Abuja recreational spots of fun-seekers

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello

The FCT Ministerial Task Force on Compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols, on Friday, cleaned up some recreational parks of fun seekers who flocked there to celebrate Christmas.

Journalists report that some of the parks the task force sent fun seekers to included the famous Millennium Park, Jabi Lake, Unity Fountain and Magic Land.

Although the gates to Lake Jabi were closed, some eager fun seekers made their way into the park through porous entry points.

Upon reaching the lake, many of the violators went to work fearing arrest, but the task force had to call them to sensitize them on the need to comply with safety regulations.

Task Force Chief, Media and Illustration Ikharo Attah, who addressed fun seekers, said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed harsher.

According to him, the FCT Administration cannot allow people to gather in crowds, contrary to the directives of the Presidential Working Group on COVID-19 (PTF).

“We know that you all want to enjoy Christmas but you can do it at home.

“We ask for your understanding on this matter.

“We don’t want to hurt anyone, but we have a duty to prevent residents from contracting the virus,” Attah said.

Addressing reporters after closing the Magic Land Park next to Abuja’s city gate, the media chief, who expressed his sympathy for the residents, said there will be more celebrations in the future if they adhere to security protocol.

“It really hurts us a lot to do this on this day, but we have a responsibility to save lives and protect FCT residents from becoming infected with COVID-19.

“We see in great numbers, children who have come to these recreational centers to have the best of Christmas.

“They seem obviously unhappy and we are feeling their pain and disappointment.”

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