By Remi Johnson
Ahead of the Crossover Service the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the FCT, Reverend Dr. Jonah Samson has called on christian leaders to ensure strict adherence to COVID 19 Protocols during and after the cross over services.
The CAN Chairman made the call when the FCTA Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement Team took the campaign for compliance with COVID 19 Protocols to some churches in Abuja.
Reverend Samson who stressed that only the living can praise God, appealed to all church leaders to carefully put necessary measures in place for physical distancing, hand washing and hand sanitizers.
He said there was need for all church members to adhere to safety measures as directed by constituted authority, for the nation to win the war against COVID 19.
Earlier, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister, on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah who led the team to churches, appealed to the CAN Chairman to complement government’s efforts by educating Christian leaders on the need to adhere to COVID 19 protocols.
He warned that the FCT Administration may be left with no choice, but to sanction any church where members were found breaching the COVID 19 guidelines.
On his part, Director, Public Health, HHSS,Dr. Abdulrahman Sadiq, said the FCT had within the last one week recorded new cases of COVID 19, a development he described as worrisome.
Dr. Abdulrahman Sadiq revealed that eleven persons were currently admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital while about ninety others were on admission at various treatment centers.
Dr Sadiq therefore explained that the directive for worship places to henceforth ,maintain 50% capacity, was meant to safeguard residents in view of the spike of the Omicron Variant.
According to Dr Abdulrahaman, Isolation centres which were empty before now, were getting crowded.
The Churches visited include, The First Baptist Church in Area Eleven Garki, the Redeemed Christian Church of God Central Parish, Region 10 Headquarters Wuse 2, and the Dunamis International Church along Airport road, Lugbe.
Meanwhile, the enforcement team of the FCTA has expressed satisfaction with the high level of preparedness of churches visited as
some have “Harmless disinfection walkways” strategically positioned at the entrance of the church, the recommended sitting arrangements and provision of centralised sanitizers among others in the premises of the church.