Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Wednesday restated its commitment to ending sexual and gender-based violence, and craved the support of the Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (ROLAC) programme of the British Council to achieve that.
The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, gave the assurance when ROLAC’s team paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Aliyu said that sexual and gender-based violence had become a troubling trend in the nation’s capital and other parts of the country, and declared that the trend required “urgent policy and social action”.
She thanked other partner agencies for their collaboration toward tackling the trend, and emphasised the need to create a safe space for citizens, families and children.
Earlier, ROLAC Manager, Priscilla Ankut, had disclosed that plans had been concluded to officially launch sex offenders register and the establishment of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC), in Bwari and Wuse District Hospitals on Nov. 25.
She emphasised the need for improved access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities at the Federal and State level, and the promotion of other laws and practices that facilitate access to justice for women who are sexually abused.
Ankut explained that the development of the offenders register was to name and shame sexual offenders and to deter potential offenders.
“Besides the offenders register, there is a database of service providers, professionals and care-givers when citizens report sexual violence,” she said.
Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ephraims Sheyin
FCTA Health Secretary tests positive for Coronavirus
By Salisu Sani-Idris
Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr Mohammed Kawu has tested positive for COVID-19.
Kawu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, his journey to the isolation center began 12 days ago when he started experienced feverish conditions.
” The feverish condition prompted me to go for COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive,” he said.
Kawu said it was very important for Nigerians to appreciate that COVID-19 was real and could be fatal.
“I want every Nigerians, like I have always advice them in the media, that COVID-19 is real and anybody can be infected, especially those of us that are on the frontline.
” The disease can be fatal and it is important that everyone follows all the extant guidelines of hand washing or sanitizing, maintain social distancing wearing of facial covering and staying at home,” Kawu said.
He said that the major drawback for front line health workers was infecting members of their families at home.
The FCTA health secretary said that his family members who are infected are also being managed within the FCT system.
“I am happy and I thank my creator that mine was moderate infection. I got some symptoms that were not very severe.
” I noticed very important thing; there is so much commitment by the health workers, they are very committed, very patriotic. They are risking their lives to protect the society,” Kawu said.
He appealed to all Nigerians to be involve in the fight against the COVID-19.
He, hwever, urged everybody to take personal responsibility to ensure protection of their family.
Kawu called on COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at Isolation and Treatment Center to observe all extant guidelines to tame the spread of the disease.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FCT has seven isolation and treatment centers across the territory, out of which six of them are public facilities while one is privately managed. (NAN)
Edited By: Debo Osundun/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
FCTA threatens to shut GTB over COVID-19 protocol violation
Chairman of the FCTA Enforcement Team on COVID-19, Mr Ikharo Attah, issued the warning to the management of the bank at Area 3 during a monitoring exercise on Tuesday in Abuja.
Attah also issued a 24 hour ultimatum to the three affected branches of the bank in Areas 3 and 11 as well as the Central Business District, to put the necessary COVID-19 safety measures in place for their customers.
The chairman said that the lives of customers were being endangered at the bank’s premises through non observance of physical distancing and failure to provide canopies and chairs for customers.
Attah, therefore, called for the setting up of hand washing facilities at the bank’s entry points.
“This particular bank is not observing Covid-19 safety protocol at all. There is only one thermometer for this large crowd,” Attah said.
He added that he had been at that particular branch more than four times and had usually met a large crowd.
He added that it had failed to organise its customers in view of social distancing regulations.
“There was no social distancing and most of them (customers) are not even wearing facial masks. The bank should provide canopy, chairs, and hand washing points.
“We are giving them 24 hours to get all these things in place or risk being sealed. It will not cost up to N100,000.
“They should take the lives of their customers very seriously. Their customers should be treated with utmost dignity. I give them 24 hours.”
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: Capital market committee donates ambulances, medical items to FCTA, Kano, Lagos states
Ms Mary Uduk, the Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who led the committee in Abuja on Thursday, said that the donation would also be extended to Lagos and Kano States.
She noted that the committee would also give an ambulance to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, to support the efforts in flattening the curve in the country.
Uduk regretted that since the country recorded its COVID-19 index case in February, the number of affected persons had been on the increase, leading to emergency situations and in some cases, death.
The acting director-general, while acknowledging the ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic both from the government and private sectors, said the capital market recognised the need to lend its support toward strengthening the available response mechanisms.
She said that their contributions would also help to ameliorate the burdens on those affected.
“The committee has been mobilising financial support and other resources from capital market participants and stakeholders, for the purpose of providing medical and protective supplies as well as other palliatives.
“The committee hereby announces the execution of the first phase of its intervention.
“This phase will cover donation of ambulances and other medical items to Lagos and Kano States including the Federal Capital Territory, being places with relatively high number of cases.
“We encourage all capital market stakeholders to key into this initiative and contribute to the CMSCC COVID-19 fund, to enable the capital market community deliver on planned interventions.
“We also encourage fellow Nigerians to continue to take the necessary safety precautions and abide by directives issued by the Federal Government and relevant health agencies.
“Together, we will overcome this pandemic,” she said.
In her remarks, the Minister of State for FCTA, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended SEC for the donations, saying that it would assist in ensuring quick response and efficiency in the fight against the pandemic.
Aliyu urged citizens to continue to follow laid down protocols, as COVID-19 was real.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was set up in April, to coordinate the capital market community’s contribution toward fighting the pandemic.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
SEC donates ambulance to FCTA to boost COVID-19 fight
The Acting Director-General of SEC, Ms Mary Uduk, while presenting the ambulance to FCTA, expressed concern over the rising number of persons infected by the pandemic in the FCT and the country in general.
Uduk observed that since the country recorded its COVID-19 index case in February, the number of affected persons had continued to go up, leading to emergency situations and, in some cases, death.
Uduk said that in view of the devastation of the virus, the Nigerian capital market community, led by the Securities and Exchange Commission, in April this year, set up the Capital Market Support Committee on COVID-19.
She explained that the committee was mandated to, among other things, mobilise the necessary resources and coordinate all efforts required in the battle against the pandemic.
“While we acknowledge the various on-going efforts to combat the pandemic, both from the government and organised private sector, the capital market recognises the need to lend its support towards strengthening the available response mechanisms.
“We also feel concerned by the need to ameilorate the burden on those affected.
“The committee has been mobilising financial support and other resources from capital market participants and stakeholders for the purpose of providing medical and protective supplies as well as other palliatives,” Uduk said.
She revealed that the committee had studied relevant data on the pandemic and had identified critical areas of interventions.
The acting DG said that in the first phase of the execution of the capital market initiative, states with relatively high number of cases, including the FCT, had been made a priority.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, who received the ambulance, described the donation as “an essential commodity”.
Aliyu said that the ambulance would serve the FCT administration “even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic”.
“Today, we have among us the great leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission with a special gift. We appreciate this gift so much because it is a big gift and makes a difference.
“We have received many gifts, but definitely we all know that ambulance will continue to last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This remains an essential commodity in the fight against the pandemic. For quick responses we need the ambulance; for efficiency, we also need the ambulance. We will use it to move our patients from one place to the other with ease.”
COVID-19: FCTA distributes second phase of palliative items
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, who launched the second phase of the distribution on Tuesday in Abuja, urged members of the palliative distribution committee to handle the exercise with utmost transparency and accountability.
Aliyu warned that posterity would judge them if they fail to be just and fair in the distribution of the items to vulnerable members of the communities.
Aliyu, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, said that the FCT Administration had approved 30,000 bags of 5kg rice and other food condiments for Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali area councils of the territory.
She disclosed that 36,000 bags of 5kg rice and food condiments had also been approved for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
She said “it is our expectation that the committee at the ward level will act to ensure only deserving beneficiaries are served and properly enumerated.
“Committees shall be given forms to fill-out in continuation of this tradition of accountability.
“May I reiterate for emphasis, that I demand from the committees, utmost transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties.
“As I have said during the launch of the first phase of this exercise, posterity will judge us if we fail to be just and fair in the distribution of palliative items to vulnerable members of our communities, irespective of tribe or religion.
“Every committee member represents her or his ward here and must know that she or he is the eye of the people, therefore, you must stand for your people and make sure that they are served. If you compromise, posterity will judge you.
“The items are from the Federal Capital Territory Administration, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to be distributed to the poor to cushion the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The minister commended critical stakeholders, especially the media, dedicated team of staff and volunteers “for their support and contributions”, describing their contributions as purposeful partnership.
She said the organisations identified by the FCT Administration to carry out the last phase of the palliative distribution include the Buhari Grassroots Movement and Osinbajo (BGM&O); National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) and Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation.
Others are District Heads at Ward level; and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)p>
Mr Ochigbo Edwin, the Commander Command and Control of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) COVID-19 Monitoring, said that the bureau would not accept any excuse for failure.
Edwin noted that the FCT had set a pace for other states to follow in previous exercises.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
FCTA mobile court seals hotel, nightclub in Maitama
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Mobile Court, on Monday ordered the seal up of Missouri hotel, located in Maitama District of Abuja, for allegedly operating a nightclub within COVID -19 curfew hours.
The court which was presided over by Magistrate Idayat Akanni, ordered that the hotel be sealed up for the period of one week for contravening COVID-19 regulations.
The court also tried and sentenced 11 defaulters to engage in a three-day community service with the payment of fine of N5,000 each.
NAN also reports that six of the defaulters found guilty are staff of the hotel, who were apprehended by the COVID-19 enforcement team for opening up their business within the curfew hours, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. within the FCT.
Equally, other five persons were those found in the premises convicted for partaking in the social gathering, which according to the court constituted night club activities.
Addressing newsmen, the prosecutor, Udeme Umanah, who is also the Chief State Counsel to the FCT, explained that the 11 defaulters were arraigned before the mobile court, found guilty and sentenced accordingly.
Umanah also explained that the defaulters opened up the hotel and engaged in night club activities in the area.
On his part, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Force on COVID -19, Mr Ikharo Attah, who led his team to enforce the seal up order, said the arrests and trial of the defaulters followed the receipt of complaints from the residents of the area.
Attah said that gallant security personnel visited the hotel and discovered that activities there were in contravention of COVID-19 guidelines.
According to him, the hotel has been sealed up pending when the court decides otherwise.
” The action is to serve as a deterrent to others, who run nightclubs, bars and restaurants, to ensure that they actually obey the rules. And if we found anybody like this, the place will be seal up.
“Those who are running nightclubs and hotels should please desist from violating the COVID-19 guidelines.
” Only hotels are allowed to open for business, while their bars and nightclubs should not be opened, as anyone who contravenes should face the music,” Attah said.
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: FCTA partners NOA on new awareness campaign strategy
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has expressed willingness to partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in the implementation of its new sensitisation and awareness campaign strategy, in the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in a statement on Saturday, said the minister stated this during a meeting with the Director-General (D-G), of NOA, Dr Garba Abari.
Ogunleye said the meeting was also attended by the Chairman of FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Dr Aliyu Modibbo.
The minister explained that the partnership was aimed at reinvigorating the FCTA’s community communication strategies in the bid to save lives and livelihoods, which were being destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He, however, regretted that many residents of FCT, were in denial of the virus and the dangers it posed, and therefore, not taking the necessary preventive measures against its spread.
“This therefore, necessitated the employment of new communication strategies to spread the message,” Bello said.
He noted the FCTA’s partnership with the organised private sector, coordinated by the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee, saw the FCT waging a largely successful campaign against COVID-19, with the provision and deployment of adequate bed spaces, palliatives, medical supplies, equipment and personnel.
He said it was agreed at the meeting that an ad-hoc committee would be established to work out new communication strategies to be deployed in the next phase of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Bello explained that the committee, which would be co-chaired by Abari and Modibbo, consisted of members drawn from the FCTA, NOA and the Advisory Committee.
Responding, Abari said that the meeting further brought to the fore the robust partnership between the FCTA and the private sector, in the fight against the Coronavirus.
He said the new sensitisation strategy, to be tentatively known as the COVID-19 New Normal FCT Response, intended not to go beyond just creating awareness, but to begin the process of behaviour modification and change of the citizenry.
“This new strategy is intended to ensure that citizens take personal responsibility for their health.
“NOA, has the experience and expertise to take the new message to the streets, neighbourhood, places of worship and traditional institutions, and also create an awareness on the nexus that exists between the containment of the disease and personal responsibility,” Abari said.
According to the D-G, the NOA possesses the necessary expertise and experience to spread the new message.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
FCTA charges nightclubs, bars, others on COVID-19 protocols
“We believe that if we relax too much, with the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise it would not be good for the city,” he said.
Attah, however, expressed concern with the high number of suspected commercial sex workers around buildings housing the nightclubs at Kubwa.
“The presence of the ladies of the night is a violation of the curfew because they are not on the exemption list of essential workers.
“Their presence made us to carry out full checks on some nightclubs which are truly closed.
“At moments like this, we expect them to stop the unholy trade in their own interest because the men who may patronise them may be COVID-19 positive.
“We received several calls that (a nightclub and bar) located at Lobito Crescent in Wuse 2 was fully operational. But when we got there we discovered that it wasn’t true.
“A bar operating at a plaza located opposite the nightclub was the one operating and playing very loud music which necessitated the calls and complaints we got from residents of the area.
“We shut down the bar and confiscated some of its loudspeakers which were handed over to Enforcement officials from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB),” he said.
The chairman explained that the team would be extending its checks on nightclubs in the suburbs while appealing to FCT residents to stay at home during the curfew periods to avoid endangering their lives.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FCTA close down Jabi Lake Mall for violating ban on social gatherings
Attah lamented that the management of the mall encouraged and granted permit for a concert by Naira Marley in spite of several warnings by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to him, the mall is conducting business activities exceeding the normal hours approved by the authorities.
He disclosed that the FCTA had secured a judgement from a mobile court headed by Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who sat in the mall premises in Jabi.
The Magistrate ordered the mall to be seal for a period of two weeks over default of the COVID-19 protocols bearing three-count charge.
Attah explained that the seal order was necessitated by the unlawful and embarrassing event at the mall on June 12, 2020.
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