As Muslim Ummah continues with the celebration of this year’s Sallah, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has tightened its surveillance at recreational parks within Abuja, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols, insisting the action was justifiable as a measure to prevent the spread of the 3rd wave.
The Head, Media and Publicity of FCT Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Enforcement, Ikharo Attah who monitored compliance yesterday at the Abuja Millennium Park, said the administration won’t lose its guard on the control of the ravaging virus, just to please residents who wants to catch fun.
Attah noted that while the residents, especially the celebrating Muslims have the rights to enjoy the holiday with full recreational compliment, the administration has the responsibility to maintain a healthy environment.
He said that while compliance with the COVID-19 protocols was appreciable at the city centre, it was a far cry at the satellite towns and most interior areas.
He said, ” from what we saw yesterday at the Mosque during the prayers, there was compliance, particularly at the main city Mosque, we saw few washing points and people using hand sanitisers, in the suburb it may not be the same. In terms of the recreational parks, we have to commend the operators. Although people are hanging around in their large numbers.
” The Unity Fountain is locked, Millennium and Jabi parks are also locked . FCT Commissioner of Police has also helped by ordering Divisional Police Officers to ensure that no parks are opened in their areas.
” FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has appealed to residents to help in the fight against COVID-19, especially the dreaded 3rd wave. The Minister is ready to open up completely, once we are able to overcome the virus“, Attah said.
However, findings in Abuja on Wednesday, show that the measures taken by locking up recreational parks appeared to be counter-productive.
This was even as fun seekers accuse government of violating the World Health Organisation (WHO) directives, which allow events with large numbers to be conducted in an open air environment.
The residents also accused the administration of double standards. They said that there is no justification for markets, Mosque, churches and other public places to open without serious restrictions, while recreational centres , which events are mainly open air, locked up.
The fun seekers who defiantly besieged the Millennium and Jabi parks with their family members, have also taken over all available spaces, including major roads, where they parked their cars and spread their mats for recreational purposes.
A resident, Erin Inyang who said he is a real Estate developer, and came to the Millennium Park with the hope to catch some interested homes off-takers, said government has once again displayed double standards, by shutting down recreational centres.
Inyang said the same government that was restricting those celebrating Sallah from accessing recreational parks, have allowed markets and even worship places to operate unhindered.
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Abuja: Rotary club donates sick bay to school
The Rotary Club of Abuja has donated a fully equipped sick bay to provide basic health services to pupils of LEA Primary School at 3rd Avenue in Gwarinpa.
Speaking during the Commissioning of the project yesterday, the district governor of Rotary International District 9125, Abuja, Rotarian Ayoola Oyedokun, said the sick bay was donated to address the dearth of basic health facilities in schools and complement government’s efforts in delivering humanitarian services while touching lives.
“The club would continue to work and identify most of the crucial needs of school children and support them to ensure that they learn in a conducive environment.
“As a humanitarian organisation, we identify the basic needs of our children, especially as it concerns their basic education, though the funding is not there, on a gradual note, we will address some of these needs to ensure that children learn in a conducive environment.
“One after the other, we will do things to assist and that is why this club has come here year-in-year-out to look at the needs of students and see what we can do to intervene, especially as it pertains to their basic education and literacy,” he said.
Receiving the sick bay on behalf of the authority, the school’s head teacher, Mrs Hafsat Umar Isah, expressed gratitude over the effort, adding that the medical supplies would immensely help in administering medical services to pupils.
61 Athletes To Fly Team Nigeria Flag In Tokyo
Team Nigeria will depart for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in two batches with 61 athletes flying the country’s flag, says Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
The Minister made this disclosure on Monday while addressing the plenary meeting with National Sports Federations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
“The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020 affected the organisational structures of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Minister Dare said.
“This consequently pushed International Federations (IFs) to review their international sporting calendar and qualification pathway for athletes in their quest to participate at the Games. These challenges, no doubt were difficult to overcome, but could not stop us as a great nation in ensuring that our athletes are strongly supported and motivated to achieve this milestone.”
“I must sincerely commend each and every one of you for your commitment and for standing together in this journey. Specifically, I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his immense support in approving and ensuring that funds were released to enable our athletes attend series of qualification tournaments.”
“As at today, Nigeria has qualified 61 athletes across 9 Sports for the Olympics, and 22 athletes in 4 Sports for the Paralympic Games, which are: Athletics-22, Badminton-3, Basketball-24, Canoe sprint-1, Gymnastic-1, Rowing-1, Taekwondo-1, TableTennis-1, Wrestling-1 which sums up to 61 and for Paralympic Games we have; Para Athletics-5, Para Powerlifting-10, power rowing-1, Para Table Tennis-6 summing up to 22,” Dare added.
“The recent qualification of Nigeria for the Women’s 4x100m, Women’s 4x400m and 4x400m Mixed Relays was a significant achievement for the country, while still awaiting the World Athletics (WA) to ratify the slots in a few days.”
“The Ministry in collaboration with the Nigerian Olympic Committee has scheduled a 14-day Pre-Games Training Camp (PGTC) for the athletes in Kisarazu , Japan. This move is to further expose the athletes to adequate preparations ahead of their events as well as to give them ample time to adjust to the Japanese time zone,” Dare said.
“It is also strategic to meet with COVID-19 regulations. For the Olympic Games, the first batch of the athletes are scheduled to depart for Kisarazu on 6th July, 2021 while the second batch depart on 13th July, 2021. The paralympic Teams will depart in one batch on 8th August, 2021.”
The Minister said in order to ensure a hitch-free participation in Tokyo, the Ministry had engaged four (4) Travel Agencies to handle flight tickets of Team Nigeria Contingents.
“As the Games are gradually approaching, I feel it would be necessary for us to finalize on our strategies towards ensuring podium success at both the Olympics and the Paralympic Games,” Dare concluded.
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