FCTA commends mosques for compliance with COVID-19

The Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) on Friday commended the level of compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols in mosques around the Federal Capital City during Jumma’at congregation prayers.

Mr Ikharo Attah, Head, Publicity and Enlightenment, Ministerial Enforcement Task Force on COVID-19, made the remark after monitoring the compliance level in some mosques at Wuse, Utako, and Maitama Districts, in Abuja.

Attah urged Imams that their congregants adhered strictly to physical distancing during prayers.










“The usage of face masks, sanitizers and washing points in the mosques visited are quite encouraging.

“The Imams and Ulamas have put in place measures compliance the entry points,” he said.

According to him, most mosques have shortened their sermon and prayer times to prevent people staying longer in the places of worship.

“The only mosque we were encouraged with is the Uthman Bin Alfa Mosque, Wuse II which is located opposite Banex Plaza.










“Though worshippers who entered the premises wear face masks, there was no infrared thermometer for temperature check, no washing points and no sanitizers at the entry points into the mosque,” he said.

Attah, therefore, advised secretary of the mosque that all anomalies are corrected before the next prayers.

Meanwhile, at the Ansarul Islam National Mosque, Utako District, the also frowned at the fact that security men at the gate enforcing compliance with the COVID-19 protocols were wearing facemasks.











The enforcement also inspected compliance at the An-nur Mosque, Wuse II and the Ansar Udeen Islamic mosque Maitama.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in all the mosques visited face masks vendors were spotted making brisk business at the various entry points.

NAN observes that most worshippers who were denied entry for coming with their face masks patronized them. (NAN)