FCT receives sensitive materials for March 9 elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has taken delivery of sensitive materials for the Saturday, March 9 elections in six area councils.
Mr Yahaya Bello, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), FCT, listed the Area Councils as Abaji, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali.
He said that everything was set for the conduct of the election in the FCT on Saturday.
Bello said that though the FCT had no governor but it was conducting elections for the chairmanship and counsellorship positions in the six area councils.
He said that sorting of materials would go on through the night and by morning the each Electoral Officer would carry the materials for his or her area councils.
“The officers will further distribute the materials to the Registration Area Centres (RACs) .
“At the RACs, INEC would hold a sensitisation workshop for the ad hoc staff to refresh their memories on the electoral process, especially the usage of the card readers.
“This for us is to avert some of the challenges experienced during the last elections and to conduct smooth and hitch-free polls.
“After the last elections, we did a reappraisal and noted some of the things that went wrong, so we are working to correct them, especially the issues of cancelation of votes.’’
Bello said that steps had been taken to ensure a reduction in the number of canceled votes.
He said that all the funds needed for the elections had also been deployed including transportation fair for the materials.
He encouraged FCT residents to do away with apathy and come out to vote for their choice councilors and chairmen, adding that this election would be better than the previous one.
Bello also promised that the elections early without delays and logistics challenges.
He said that FCT has six area councils, 62 wards and 871 polling units and voting points with 1,344,856 registered voters.
Some of the political parties that witnessed the distribution, said they were satisfied with the process
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a total of 105 candidates would be contesting for the six chairmanship positions while 701 would seek to occupy the 62 counsellorship seats .
Also, 40 females were in the race for the chairmanship positions, while 88 females were seeking to be elected as counselors.
FCT COVID-19 team says has not abandoned duty
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) COVID-19 Emergency Response team says it has not abandoned duty over non-payment of the N30,000 daily allowances for April and May.
Mr Alabi Adozia who spoke on behalf members from the FCT Public Health Department working on the COVID-19 Pandemic, stated this on Friday in Abuja.
He explained that it was true that some members of the team expressed displeasure over the non-payment of their allowances for two months.
Adozia, however, said that the action did not in any way affect the job of collection of samples of suspected COVID-19 patients and other related activities.
Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, reassured the team that the challenge hindering the payment of their allowances had been resolved.
Kawu said that the arrears of those affected would be paid in full while measures had been put in place to prevent similar occurrence in future.
He commended members of the team for their commitment and dedication to duty in spite of the critical nature of their work.
He reminded residents that the virus was still spreading and people were being infected.
He urged residents to adhere to all established health protocols, particularly regular hand washing, wearing of face masks and avoiding large gatherings and crowded places.
Buhari, Muslim faithful observe Juma’at Prayer as FCT reopens worship centres
NAN further reports that the protocol of social distancing was also strictly observed in line with guidelines on public gathering, and only senior staff of the Villa were allowed to attend the prayer session.
FCTA issues guidelines for reopening places of worship
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday, issued guidelines for the reopening of places of worship as recommended by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, said the resolution was reached at the end of meeting with religious leaders on Wednesday, June 3 2020.
Bello said the FCT administration recognised the importance of places of worship in social and cultural way of life.
He said that places of worship had equally been proven to be major sources of easy spread of the disease, therefore, it was imperative that all places of worship adhered very strictly to the guidelines.
He said that after extensive deliberations, the meeting agreed to adopt the guidelines as released by the PTF with regards to the reopening of places of worship in the FCT under the second phase of the ease of lockdown for the next four weeks.
” All places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non- pharmaceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19.
” All places of worship must ensure the supply of running water and soap or alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points and in all high-contact locations including bathrooms.
” Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry, Mosques and Churches must provide temperature checks before entry and every worshipper must ensure mandatory use of face masks, ” Bello said.
The minister strongly discourage all close contact including shaking hands, hugging, kissing, handing out of materials and sharing of worship implements including prayer mats, musical organs, microphones and the rest.
He noted that Churches and Mosques within the FCT should limit the capacity of their facilities to allow for physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.
Bello advised religious leaders to consider the use of floor and surface markings to guide distancing and also encourage people from same household to stay together.
According to him, the meeting agreed that churches are to open from 5a.m. and close by 8p.m. and each service shall be for a maximum of one hour with an interval of 30 minutes in between services to allow time for disinfection.
Similarly, Bello directed mosques to open 15 minutes before call to prayer and close 10 minutes after prayers for the five prayers.
” Volunteers providing support at places of worship should be limited to exact numbers needed and none should have an underlying medical condition or be above the age of 55 years.
” For Friday prayers, mosques in the FCT are to open 20 minutes before prayers and close 20 minutes after prayers. Total time for Friday prayers including sermons should not exceed one hour, ” he said.
FCTA minister says renovation of 12 PHCs will be completed soon
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has assured that ongoing renovation of 12 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities across its six Area Councils would be completed soon.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, gave the assurance at the flag off of sensitisation workshop for key stakeholders for the establishment of the community primary healthcare management system on Thursday in Abuja.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, the minister said that FCTA provided special attention to matters that had direct impact on maternal and child health services.
Aliyu, who identified integrated healthcare delivery system as a key to socioeconomic development and progress of any nation, emphasised the need for active community participation.
She added that the administration had approved the implementation of the FCT-PHCB, 2019, and soon the FCT-PHCB with the Area Councils PHC governance structures would be established in line with the Act.
The minister, however, assured that a phased approach to fix them would be adopted.
“Health, which is a fundamental human right, requires PHC approach which allows for integrated care comprising preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services extending from “womb to tomb.
“As a matter of fact, Universal Health Coverage cannot be achieved without the involvement of the local community.
“To strengthen PHC leadership and governance, the administration approved the implementation of the FCT PHCB Act, 2019 and soon the FCT PHCB with the Area Councils PHC Governance structures will be established in line with the act,” Aliyu said.
Earlier in his remarks, Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, noted that community PHC management system was one of the essential principles of the primary healthcare scheme.
Kawu explained that with inter- sectoral collaboration and equity in distribution of resources, community health outcomes would be improved significantly.
On his part, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, Chairman, FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Ona of Abaji, enjoined participants to come up with document that could be used by the administration that would lead to significant improvement in the primary healthcare sector.
COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, account for 64.2% of total cases, Nigeria records 11,166
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said that Lagos, FCT and Kano state accounted for 64.2per cent of the total number of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recorded in the country,
The NCDC noted that Lagos recorded 5,440, FCT 763, while Kano state recorded 970, which amounted to 11,166, making the two states plus the FCT to account for 64.2 per cent of the total number of infection in the country.
According to the agency, 33 states accounts for 36 per cent of the total infection in the country.
The NCDC said that the new cases take the country’s total infections cases to 11166, out of which 3,329 have been treated and discharged with 7,522 active cases in the country.
Other affected states were Rivers with 21 cases, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger with eight each, Enugu with six, five each in Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe, four in Benue, two in Ogun, and one each in Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra.
The NCDC noted that 75 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have unknown sources of infection.
It said that this was normal for a respiratory virus and suggested ongoing community transmission in the country.
NAN reports that the health agency has said that for families with loved ones abroad or in another state, who have passed on due to complications from COVID-19, transporting the remains is a tough process.
The NCDC has developed a guide to ensure efficient transportation in compliance with regulations.
It said that Funeral directors and mortuary personnel were less likely to contract COVID-19 from deceased persons infected with the virus if they adopt appropriate infection control procedures and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Contact and droplet infection control precautions should be used when handling deceased bodies confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.
“Wear appropriate PPE at all times without contaminating environmental surfaces,” it added.
The NCDC noted that for transport and storage, the body must be placed and secured in a bag or wrapping in a manner that prevents leakage; double bagging may be required to achieve this.
“The body bag should be labelled COVID-19 – Handle with care. Avoid unnecessary manipulation of the body that may expel air or fluid from the lungs.
“Embalming of a body confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 is not recommended,” it said.
It noted that family viewing of the deceased may occur; however, family members should avoid any contact with the body.
The agency stressed the need to maintain the recommended social distance from families and friends of the deceased.
Security: FCT begins implementation of state community policing
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has kicked off the implementation of the State Community Policing initiative aimed at reducing crime in communities and deepen trust between the public and law enforcement agencies.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja.
Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes.
He expressed optimism that with the Presidential approval granted for community oriented policing across the nation, Nigeria will begin to witness reduction in crime rate.
Bello, therefore, enjoined members of the committee to take the assignment very seriously and give it the utmost attention it deserved.
He also urged them to be nonpartisan in all their decisions and recommendations as well as be guided by the principles of natural justice and laws of the land.
He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers.
“Once there is a trust deficit in any guise or form, the workability of this policy becomes highly diminished and we will have lost a great opportunity in improving the security profile of the territory.
“It is necessary that selection into the Special Constabulary is fair and just with proper screening.
“Those selected should also be provided with basic training needed for the job. There should also be a robust feedback and monitoring mechanism for the performance of those appointed to carry out tasks within the communities.
“There should also be confidentiality of investigation and protection of informants,” Bello said.
Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities.
Ciroma noted that the committee could only deliver on its mandate if FCT residents embrace community policing and provide the necessary support for its success.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee included, heads of various government security organisations in FCT and respected political, religious, traditional and community leaders.
Sanitation: FCTA issues 7 days ultimatum to illegal mechanics
after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Similarly, Attah said the second phase of the aggressive sanitation would begin from the NEPA junction to APO mechanic village, where illegal businesses had taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.
“This stakeholders meeting is to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridors, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).
“The minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja master plan.
“We have given the affected people seven days ultimatum, because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise.
“The minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all ongoing projects there as a legacy he will leave behind for residents of the nation’s capital,” he said.
The Director AEPB, Mr Baba Lawan, disclosed that the minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise.
Lawan warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the task force would move to the area, and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the administration.
He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and every other thing left on the road corridors would be removed and seized.
COVID-19: South African-based firm donates palliatives to vulnerable in FCTA
A South African Real Estate Investment Company based in Nigeria, Novare, has donated palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to help vulnerable communities cushion the effect of COVID-19.
Head of Legal of the company, Mr Chineme Onuoma, while presenting the items on Monday in Abuja, assured that the company would continue to support the FCT and Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the items donated included 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of indomie noddle, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil and 75 cartons of tomato paste .
He commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the pandemic in the territory.
Onuoma revealed that aside the provisions of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare had approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020 with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants.
“Particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the Federal Government.
“Each of Novare’s mall accommodates over 60 tenants, having Shoprite and Game as its anchor tenant, with over 600 direct employees and well over 2, 000 indirect employees in each mall, including suppliers of the different goods and products sold by the tenants at the mall.
“To ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, starting from those closest to it, Novare, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has so far approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020.
“The rent-free concession granted to tenants have helped to keep their various businesses afloat, thus alleviating the financial burden on these tenants.
“This financial assistance enables the tenants to channel the income they generate to payment of staff salaries and sustaining their respective supply chains.
“This effectively reduces unemployment, which would have been the consequence if tenants were unable to survive this period,” Onuoma said.
He also stated that the firm had expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.
Receiving the items, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.
Police arrest man for allegedly defiling daughter in FCT
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in Lugbe area of Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, disclosed on Friday this at a media briefing in Abuja.
Ciroma said the suspect was mentally stable and had confessed to having carnal knowledge of his daughter on several occasions.
He said that another suspect was also arrested for luring and forcefully having carnal knowledge of a six-year-old boy.
He said the suspect told the police that he committed the unnatural act with the minor while they were swimming at a river in Mpape.
The Commissioner of Police said operatives from the command, investigating a case of child trafficking on May 24, arrested a suspect for bribing police detectives with N200,000.
He said the suspect offered the money to the investigators to truncate the ongoing investigation.
According to him, instead of yielding to the antics, the police officers acted professionally, collected the money and registered it as exhibit.
“Meanwhile, investigation into a tip off that a woman, now at large is running a baby factory is in progress. Some collaborators of the fugitive suspect have been arrested, and are helping with investigation,” he added.
Ciroma also said that five suspects had been arrested in connection to the death of one Mohammed Danjuma, whose remains were recovered around Gwagwa-Kagini axis of Abuja, on March 16.
He said preliminary findings revealed that the deceased boarded the syndicates’ cab as a passenger from Berger to Tipper Garage, Katampe.
“The findings indicated that he was diverted by his assailants to an unknown destination where he was attacked with wheel spanner.
“The deceased was also robbed of his valuables, including his ATM card which was subsequently used by the gang to withdraw money from his bank account,” he said.
He said the suspects were members of a notorious armed robbery syndicates that pose as cab operators to rob their victims.
Ciroma said operatives from the command, acting on intelligence, also led operations that arrested 12 suspects in connection to kidnapping activities around Bwari, Abaji and Kwali axis of Abuja.
He said the operatives dismantled some hideouts used by kidnapping syndicates in the areas.
He said items recovered from the suspects were 17 rounds of live ammunition, four dane guns, one locally made pistol and four mobile phones.
Other recovered item are two military camouflage uniform and caps, one motorcycle, five voter’s cards and two sim-packs and cards.
Ciroma said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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