By Mfon Andrew
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Judicial Service Committee (JSC) has ordered all judicial officials in the Territory to present themselves, along with members of their families, for a compulsory Coronavirus test.
Assistant Director and Head, Personnel Matter of the JSC, Mr Tandat Affang, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said that the move was in a bid to control the spread of the global pandemic in FCT as well as to ensure the welfare and health of its workers.
The staff were further directed to present their medical certificates on April 7 to their respective directors at the departmental level on behalf of the chief registrars and secretary for onward transmission to heads of courts.
It, however, warned that any staff who refused to present themselves for the all-important test would be sanctioned.
The JSC directed that all courts in the FCT should be shut down temporarily for a period of two weeks with effect from today, subject to review depending on circumstances.
While Judicial Service Committee directed that hand sanitisers be provided at the entrances of courts and offices for all court officials and litigants, it asked that security personnel within the courts and offices should be alerted to minimise gathering of people, especially those who have no business in the courts or offices.
The meeting directed the JSC Secretary to liaise with NCDC for the purpose of having proper guidance for the disinfection of office premises and establishment of test centres within the jurisdiction of the courts.
The COVID-19 was first confirmed in the FCT last Saturday when three positive cases were recorded.
According to reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday confirmed that Nigeria now has 42 cases of the COVID-19.
The Federal Government on Monday advised residents of Abuja and Lagos, which account for the largest number of infections to stay at home “until further advice is given.”