The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has debunked insinuations in some quarters that government is responsible for the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The minister, who spoke today, June 9 at an emergency coronavirus meeting of stakeholders in the FCT, asked Nigerians to disregard such unhealthy rumour, even as she pleaded for collective efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against the virus.
Dr. Ramatu also advised against stigmatizing coronavirus patients as they did not deliberately seek to be infected.
She appealed to residents of the FCT to do all they can to curb the spread of the virus by obeying all the extant guidelines, including wearing face masks, maintaining personal hygiene and observing social distancing.
She reminded all the stakeholders of community transmission which is on-going, adding that it would take collective efforts by all to stop its spread.
The Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who chaired the meeting, charged royal fathers and Area Council Chairmen most of who attended the meeting to take the responsibility of educating and sensitizing residents at the grassroots level on the need to adhere to established protocols in the fight against the virus.
Malam Muhammad Bello expressed the appreciation of the FCTA to the frontline health workers and called for a standing ovation for them for their efforts in the fight against the virus in the FCT.
The minister stressed that the onus of spreading the information on the spread of the virus at the grassroots level fell heavily on the shoulders of the Area Council Administration and traditional and religious institutions.
He pledged the commitment of the FCT Administration to the fight against the virus, ven as he said that defeating it required a collective responsibility by all. He asked all the stakeholders to play their part, by supporting the efforts of the Administration.