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COVID-19: FCT Closes Parks for Eid-el-Kabir

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A meeting of the FCT Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) on COVID-19, chaired by the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, was convened on Friday, 16th of July 2021, to review the current situation of the pandemic in the FCT especially as it relates to the upcoming Sallah celebrations.

From its deliberations, the meeting noted the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and the FCT and the possibility of a third wave and sought for ways to curtail its spread.

Thus, guided by the advice of the health professionals, the following guidelines are hereby issued for the upcoming  Eid-El-Kabir celebrations in the FCT;

i. All Eid prayers in the FCT are to be held in the open spaces at Jumaat Mosques as well as the National Eid Ground. This is based on medical advice that it is safer to hold large gatherings in  open  air spaces than in enclosed structures;

ii. All open Eid grounds should have multiple entry and exit points with hand washing and temperature checking facilities;

iii. The holding capacity of Eid grounds should be reduced to 50% to ensure physical/social distancing;

iv. Imams should ensure that sermons are short so that the entire Eid prayers do not exceed one hour;

v. All parks and recreational grounds and facilities shall remain closed throughout the festive period, and

vi. Worshippers are enjoined to adhere to all prescribed non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of facial coverings, constant hand washing and physical distancing.

Also In attendance at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Coordinator, WHO FCT Office, Dr Furera  Zakari, the Ag Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Muhammed Kawu, the Chairman, FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr Tajudeen M.B Adigun ,the Head of Media and Publicity , FCT Enforcement Task Team, Mr Ikharo Attah and other relevant officials of the FCTA.

▪︎ Report by Anthony Ogunleye, CPS to FCT Minister

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Former Kogi Governor, Ibrahim Idris Loses Son, Hon Mohammed

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Reports reaching SunriseNigeria indicate that former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Idris has died.

Mohammed, son of a former governor of Kogi State,  Alhaji Ibrahim Idris reportedly slumped and died on Wednesday while preparing to go for the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.

Late Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim Idris

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BREAKING: FG Approves Thursday As Additional Public Holiday For Eid-el-Fitr

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, April 11, 2024, as additional public holiday to commemorate Eid-El-Fitr.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, shared on the ministry’s X account on Tuesday.

The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid -El-Fitr.

“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”

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