By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
Worried by increase in number of Abuja residents that continued on daily basis to flout the stay at home order given by the Federal Government, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, said it would employ stiffer measures on violators in the coming days.
Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello, disclosed during a ministerial press briefing held in conjunction with the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the former minister of the FCT, Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar, in Abuja.
He denied the rumours making the rounds that doctors in the frontline of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic were paid N5,000, saying the doctors were being paid N50,000 daily.
He disclosed that Doctors in the FCT were paid N50,000, Nurses, pharmacists and laboratory assistants received N30,000, while cleaners and drivers received N20,000.
He also commended the efforts of the health professionals in the fight also reiterated the Administration’s commitment to the welfare of everyone at the forefront of the fight to put an end to the pandemic that have crippled many countries of the world.
He was optimistic that in the coming days, the FCT will discharge many of the COVID-19 patients being managed in the treatment centres.
On the number of cases in FCT, he said there were 54 cases and 7 have been discharged.
However, he warned that the violation of the lockdown order which is aimed at curbing the spread of the virus will leave the FCT Administration with no choice than to adopt stricter measures to curb the spread of the virus in city.
On the Palliative measures being put in place by the FCT Administration, the Honourable Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu revealed that 600,000 households of 100,000 each from each Area Council were billed to benefit from the measures.
She said that there will be in place a monitoring team made up of civil society organisations, religious and traditional rulers, youth and women groups to ensure an equitable distribution of the palliatives. She also revealed that distribution will be carried out through a door to door mechanism to prevent overcrowding.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Dr Modibbo Umar said that the Committee was formed to complement the excellent work the FCT Administration was doing towards averting the COVID-19 pandemic.