The federal capital territory administration has reiterate commitment to ban interstate travels. FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello revealed this at the FCT security meeting in Abuja. Bello observed that one of the major windows of spreading coronavirus is through interstate transmission.
“We also realized that one weak area that has confronted us is the fact that enforcement of the inter-state movement has not been very successful and that’s an area where if we are not very careful, will make it very difficult for us to prevent infection by people who are visiting the FCT from other parts of the country. By the same token also, if the enforcement is not very strong, infected people from the FCT will also move out to other states. At the end of the day, nationally, we all lose”.
The Minister also revealed that the security agencies will deploy additional personnel and resources to all the entry points using coordinated joint teams to be headed by very senior officers to ensure that the enforcement of the directive is carried out totally while being conscious of those that are permitted to move around. “The ultimate objective of the FCT and the security agencies is to safeguard the lives of the citizens of the FCT and by extension, the citizens of the surrounding states as well as Nigerians in general”.
Bello reminded the residents on the need to comply with the directives of the lockdown “the directives are very clear. Offices are open for specific categories of staff on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and within a specific time range of 8.00am to 2.00pm. So, my advice is anybody who has no reason to come out based on these directives should just stay at home.
We have been at home for about four weeks now, another few weeks would do us good because if we are able to maintain the level of the virus in the FCT the way it has been maintained during the last few weeks, then by the grace of God Almighty, we will get over this”. The implications of the enforcement of the interstate travel is that many government workers and private business owners reside in the suburb towns, mararaba axis in nasarawa State and suleja, niger State.
Many citizens re looking forward to go out for their businesses after staying at home for four weeks, especially the private sector that have their businesses in Abuja but residents in Nasarawa and Niger State.