The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, has appealed to the National Assembly lawmakers representing the FCT to sensitize their constituents on how to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the territory.
The minister made the call on Friday while interacting with the Senator and House of Representative members representing Abuja Municipal Area Council, Bwari and Abuja South Federal constituencies during a meeting on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to the minister, the ongoing sensitization against the spread of the virus could yield results without leveraging the already existing political structures of the lawmakers, regardless of party affiliations.
The minister said: “For us to fight this pandemic, there is a need for cooperation, discipline, and hard-work by each community leader, man or woman, irrespective of political party, tribe or religion.
“Because if we all stay at the National Headquarters – Abuja, there is no how we could penetrate the nook and crannies without going through the established political structures.”
Also speaking, the Minister of State for the FCT, Ramatu Tijjani, reiterated the need for those who had contact with the infected persons to report themselves in order to limit the spread of the virus in the territory.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the lawmakers’ delegation, Philip Aduda who is the Senator representing Abuja Municipal Area Council, pledged the support of the lawmakers in assisting the FCT administration to fight the pandemic in the territory.
“We understand your worries and we are indeed worried as well that it is not just about containment, but to ensure strict compliance in order not to exacerbate the spread within our communities,” Mr Aduda stated.
The Senator, therefore, commended the minister for convening the meeting, saying that the interaction would go a long way in ensuring that the lawmakers go back to their various communities and talk to the people on practices that could halt the spread of the virus.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Aduda donated about 1000 bags of 10kg rice and 150 cartons of hand sanitizers to the FCT Minister as part of his contribution towards supporting the administration in the fight against the pandemic.