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COVID-19: Abuja churches can hold crossover night service – FCTA


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has approved the conduct of crossover night service for churches in Abuja, urging the churches to heed strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.

The Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of FCT COVID-19 Task Force, Ikaro Attah, made the disclosure on Wednesday while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja.

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He also disclosed that a combined team of the Task Force would be going round to monitor compliance during the service.

Mr Attah added that there was a need for worshippers to support any decision of the government that would promote the progress and development of the territory.

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 “As enforcement team that take directive from FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Commissioner of Police, we are working in collaboration with leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels and league of Imams.

“We had discussions with religious leaders on the need to obey the COVID-19 protocols, so all those who will be engaging in crossover night worship service must adhere strictly to the guidelines. They should put on their face mask, provide washing hand basin as well as keep physical distancing”.

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According to him, “all the worship Centres should not be overcrowded’, advising many worshippers to join the programme through online platforms.

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“For those who will not comply we would not overlook them to jeopardize the lives of others, those that fail to comply will be brought before the court for prosecution. Again, the centre where the protocol is flouted will be shut.

“We appeal to religious leaders and the worshippers to obey the COVID-19 protocols,” Mr Attah added.

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