The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has approved the conduct of crossover night service for churches in Abuja.
Head of Media and Public Enlightenment of FCT COVID-19 Task Force, Comrade Ikaro Attah who made the announcement on Wednesday December 30 asked church leaders to obey government and security personnel directives to avert the spread and also adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
Attah directed worshippers to join the programme through online platforms and also revealed that a combined team of the Task Force will be going round to monitor compliance during the service.
“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”.
“All the worship Centres should not be overcrowded.
“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.”
Attah stressed that any worship centre found contravening the COVID-19 protocol will be made to face the wrath of the law.