The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has appealed to political leaders in the capital city to do all they can not to allow coronavirus to spread to grassroot communities.
At a meeting today, April 2, with the political leaders, the minister reminded them that should the virus reach the grassroots level and attain community wide spread, it will become extremely difficult to fight.
He therefore appealed to them to resuscitate their political structures and influence to sensitize the populace in the fight against the virus.
“I am appealing to you to reactivate all your political structures in the 62 wards of the FCT. Use all your men and women that you used during your campaigns; use them now to help us all fight this pandemic because it is crucial and that is why we call upon you to support us”.
Muhammad Musa Bello said that coronavirus can be defeated using a two pronged approach of heeding to medical directives and the distribution of palliatives to help the most vulnerable in society.
He called on the political leaders to sensitize their people on the need for personal discipline and hygiene consisting of constant hand washing, maintaining social distancing and abiding by all other medical measures.
Speaking on the flouting of the stay at home directives, by some residents, Malam Bello directed the security agencies not to hesitate to arrest anybody found to be disobeying.
Present at the meeting were the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Senator Phillip Aduda, Senator representing the FCT, Hon. Micah Jiba representing AMAC Bwari Federal Constituency, Hon. Hassan Sokodabo, representing, Kuje, Kwali Gwagwalada and Abaji Federal Constituency, the FCT Chairmen of APC and PDP, the FCT Commissioner of police, other security chiefs as well as senior members of the FCTA bureaucracy led by the Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Oha