By Daniel Tyokua
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has led the campaign against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic to monarchs in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,.
Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Ogbeche who presented the FCT minister’s message on tackling COVID-19 to the chiefs of Karu and Karishi, said the FCT Administration is counting on the traditional rulers to speak to their subjects on all the preventive measures being canvassed by health officials.
He explained that one of the preventive measures include frequent hand washing with soap and water and social distancing.
The NUJ chairman reiterated the Presidential Restriction Order which requires that all residents stay in their homes for an initial period of two weeks. During this period, all commercial activities, social and religious gatherings are all prohibited.
He said the monarchs are expected to transmit these mesages to their subjects in their languages to ensure strict compliance.
Earlier, the Sakaruji of Karu, His Royal Highness, Emmanuel Kyaute Yepwi appealed to the FCT Minister to reconsider using Karu General Hospital as mass Isolation centre.
According to him, Karu General Hospital is in the heart of the city, the affected people needs to be isolated so that the disease will not spread, “Isolating them where the people are is no longer isolation, saying, they can get other places away from the people” he said.
Similarly, the representative of the Chief of Karshi , the District Head of Karshi, Alh. Ahmed Doka called on religious leaders to pray and fast for God to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Both monarchs promised to ensure that the FCT Minister’s message gets to their subjects through the district heads and religious leaders.