Stella Dimoko FCTA Releases Guidelines On Easing Lockdown In Abuja..


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Sunday, May 03, 2020

FCTA Releases Guidelines On Easing Lockdown In Abuja..

In his message to the residents of the FCT, announcing the new guidelines, the Honourable Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said that security agencies have been mandated to arrest and prosecute, through the mobile courts, anyone found contravening the guidelines.




The FCTA will enforce rigorously the guidelines regulating the easing of the lockdown in the FCT as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Territory.
In his message to the residents of the FCT, announcing the new guidelines, the Honourable Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said that security agencies have been mandated to arrest and prosecute, through the mobile courts, anyone found contravening the guidelines.

He said the FCTA will vigorously enforce the overnight curfew from 8:00pm to 6:00 am and in order to prevent possible patients of COVID-19 from coming into the Territory, will also enforce very strictly, the ban on interstate travel.

Similarly, all workers who reside outside the FCT have been directed to remain in their respective States of residence until the ban on interstate travel is lifted.

Below are details of the guidelines as issued by the FCT Administration:

Based on HE President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Address, the sector specific guidelines issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Head of Service of the Federation as well as the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on the phased easing of the lockdown, the following guidelines are hereby issued in the first instance, from 4th -17th May 2020:


An overnight curfew will be applicable in the FCT from 8:00pm till 6:00 am.

I. Effective Monday, 4th May 2020, all civil servants in the FCT on Grade level 14 and above are to report for work 3 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 8am and 2pm.

II. All officers on essential duties are to carry on with their assigned responsibilities.

III. All workers are to maintain safe distancing protocols of at least 2 meters and wear face masks at all times.

IV. Temperature checks and hand sanitizing protocols should be strictly adhered to at all entry points and access to offices tightly controlled.

V. Number of visitors and customers are to be limited to enforce social distancing guidelines

VI. All workers who are not resident in the FCT are directed to remain in their respective States of residence until the ban on interstate travel is lifted


i. Extant guidelines on market operations for sale of food items only remain in effect. Markets are to operate for two days in a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8:00am and 3:00pm

ii. Neighbourhood selling points will be established in various parts of the city to decongest the major markets
iii. Wearing of face mask is mandatory to gain access to markets in addition to hand washing and sanitizing protocols.

iv. The above hygiene related protocols are also applicable to supermarkets and neighborhood markets.

v. Banks are to open between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm and are to observe temperature checks, hand sanitizing protocols as well as the use of face masks for staff and customers

vi. Banks are to limit access by customers to allow for safe distancing reasons and limit the number of staff working on their premises to between 30% and 50%.

vii. Residents are encouraged to patronize online banking services as much as possible

viii. Extant rules regulating restaurants and eateries remain in effect. Restaurants are not open to the public and are encouraged to adopt home delivery services. Similarly, eatries are to practice the take-away system and are to maintain all hand sanitizing, face covering and safe distancing protocols

ix. Pharmacies may remain open overnight and are to observe all other protocols as enunciated above.

x. Companies involved in food processing, drug manufacturing and construction can commence operation, subject to following the approved health and safety guidelines

xi. Operators of these facilities are mandated to refuse access to anyone not observing the hygiene protocols.


i. The extant directive on places of worship still subsists and they remain closed.


i. All clubs, bars, gardens, beer parlors, recreational parks, communal sports facilities, movie theatres etc in the FCT remain closed.

ii. Ban on social congregations such as parties, weddings etc remain in force


i. Prohibition of commercial motorcycles within the FCC remain in force including Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji

ii. Tricycles are to limit their activities to areas already designated and are allowed a maximum of 3 persons (driver and two passengers)

iii. Taxis are mandated to carry a maximum of 4 persons at a time (driver and 3 persons)

iv. Buses are to reduce occupancy at any time to 50% of installed capacity

v. All bus stops and motor parks are to maintain environmental hygiene and officials of the parks and bus and taxi operators should provide temperature checks and hand sanitizing points at the parks and bus stops. Face covering is also mandatory. They are to operate only between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm daily.

vi. The FCTA will enforce very strictly, the ban on interstate travel. Vehicles conveying goods such as agro products, petroleum products, medical supplies, relief and construction materials as well as courier and security services would be allowed entry subject to the permitted designation in the FCT.


I. All schools in the FCT remain closed until further notice. Schools are not permitted to commence third term operations in any form until directed otherwise by the relevant authorities.

II. Schools are however encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teachings.


I. Residents are once more reminded that COVID-19 can be fatal and all are hereby advised to take all prescribed measures to avoid contracting it. Persons with underlying medical conditions especially hypertension, diabetes, asthma and low immunity are advised to remain at home. Equally, Persons 65 years and older are also advised to remain at home.

II. Use of face masks by residents in all public places is mandatory.
III. All business owners and government institutions are hereby directed to de-contaminate their premises, prior to re-opening.

The security agencies have been mandated to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be contravening any of these guidelines through the mobile courts.
The Honourable Minister reminded residents that COVID-19 is a very serious ailment that can be fatal and there was the need for residents to follow all laid down health protocols.

He also thanked public spirited individuals, associations and corporate organisations who made very generous donations for the provision of palliatives to those most in need in the Territory.

Malam Bello also thanked volunteers who devoted their time and resources in fighting the pandemic especially the journalists who made appearances on the various radio and television stations to educate residents of the FCT on their personal and collective responsibilities in the fight against COVID-19.


*Taxis should not carry more than four people?are these people kidding me?Taxis should only carry two people!!!
This Press release is a Joke,like is coronavirus is a human being and communicated to them that it will not spread on particular days?


  1. Not too bad sha, Stella, he means the driver, a passenger in front and two at the back, it's still fine like that. The lockdown would have continued but for ppl always wailing for hunger. Ppl should be more careful cos na we go suffer am.

  2. Who even need to share a taxi in Abuja... Taxis are so cheap there Stella!

    The guidelines is not so out of touch, they are almost following a similar guidelines in some western countries, except for the taxis.

  3. Oyibo life don reach Nigeria. Not working till 4 or 6pm.

  4. Stella ,there was and still is practically no lockdown in Nigeria.
    This Country is confused and a joke.
    In Germany or other western countries, where lockdown was enforced and is being enforced, you keep the 1,5m distance to the next person.
    Before you walk into any supermarket ,you queue outside and are allowed in only in 2s or 3s.
    In Nigeria most supermarkets try to keep the numbers of customers going in to a minimal but it is still crowded when you go inside, even outside waiting for the queue to go in, they don’t practice social distancing.
    And let’s be sincere how many Nigerians can afford to go shopping in a supermarket?
    The larger number go to the market.
    And now with the market open only 2 days a week; you need to see the crowd, everybody is trying to purchase what they came to buy before the sellers run out of stock or before the market closing time.
    Everybody in Nigeria has come in contact with more than 10-20 person in the last 5 weeks that have been to the market, entered public transport, taken money from someone.
    It is impossible to enforce total lockdown in Nigeria.
    Somehow I believe what one of the health Ogas said that 90% of us heal from the virus without intervention, if this wasn’t the case, Nigeria would be stinking with dead bodies.

    1. That is why you have to be responsible for yourself and take caution. Like when I go to the market,I have my nose mask on,I avoid close contact with people as much as possible. When I'm done,before opening the car,I use my hand sanitizer, get home remove my clothes for washing ASAP and head straight to the bathroom for a bath. After sorting and washing the stuffs I bought,I wash my hand thoroughly and the bags used.
      So I think we as individuals we can do our best and leave the rest for God.

  5. Hmmmmmmmm God help those that help themselves.

  6. everyone with there own guidelines

    weting go happen go still happen

    stay safe

  7. My own us they should enforce the management of every company to make their staff go for compulsory covid19 test. Cos we Nigerians haven’t not being honest and truthful about this virus.

  8. No Stella it is not a joke. I think the FCT administration is doing its best given the circumstances. Four people in a taxi is not bad at all. It used to be seven for greedy drivers. 3 in front plus the driver that is and 4 at the back. If you say 2, note that the drivers will make people pay for the extra seats. How much do people earn to spend it all on Transportation? Nigerians are greedy. Using a taxi alone is for people that can afford to do so. Mind you Uber wasn't even operating during the lockdown. It just opened my eyes to how much of a necessity a car and driving is. I had a pass but couldn't go about freely. The last time I touched a car was in 2015/16 thereabouts. A car is always parked but my driving confidence is shaky. 🤦🏾‍♀️

    1. Better put your L
      And gather courage through prayer

    2. *Sighs* I will try. Thank you.

  9. Implementation is the issue


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