Federal Capital Territory Administration has enjoined churches in Abuja to comply strictly with the COVID-19 protocols during the crossover services holding Thursday to usher their congregations into the new year.
FCTA said errant worshippers will be sanctioned and churches found violating the guidelines will be shut.
Head, Media and Public Enlightenment, FCT COVID-19 Task Force, Ikaro Attah, urged church leaders to obey government’s directives to avert the spread of the virus.
Attah, who spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, disclosed that a combined team of the task force would be going round to monitor compliance during the service.
He said it was imperative for worshippers to support any decision of the government that would promote the progress and development of the FCT.
He said, “As the enforcement team that takes directive from FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, and the Commissioner of Police, we are working in collaboration with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria at all levels and the League of Imams.
“We had discussions with religious leaders on the need to obey the COVID-19 protocols, so all those who will be attending the crossover night worship service must adhere strictly to the guidelines. They should put on their face masks, provide washing-hand basins as well as keep physical distancing.”
According to him, the worship centres should not be overcrowded, adding that many faithful could also join the programme through online platforms.
He warned, “For those who will not comply, we would not allow them to jeopardize the lives of others; those that failed 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.”