The Nigerian Government has shut down several parks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, over rising COVID-19 infections.
Ikharo Attah, the Head, Media and Publicity of FCT Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Enforcement, disclosed this on Wednesday during a monitoring exercise at the Abuja Millennium Park.
He revealed that the FCT police commissioner had also ordered divisional police officers to ensure that no parks were open in their areas.
“The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, has appealed to residents to help in the fight against COVID-19, especially the dreaded third wave.
“The minister is ready to open up completely once we are able to overcome the virus,” he said.
Attah, who said the FCT would not relent in enforcing protocols to curtail the spread of the ravaging virus, noted that Muslim faithfuls have a right to enjoy the holiday with a full recreational complement.
He said; “From what we saw on Tuesday at the Mosques during the prayers, there was compliance, particularly at the main city mosques.
“We saw few washing points and people using hand sanitisers, but in the suburbs, it may not be the same,” he said. The Unity Fountain is locked. Millennium and Jabi parks are also locked.”
According to the NCDC, as of July 22, the FCT has recorded 19,931 covid-19 infections, and 168 deaths.