Wednesday, 3 June 2020

FG’s Directive of Lockdown Relaxation of Places of Worship: Lagos, Osun, Kwara Retains Ban: Olusegun Ariyo



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Although the Presidential Task Force (PTF) has directed the relaxation of places of worship in the country but indeed that did not come without further re-evaluation from states as enshrined in the principles of federal system guaranteeing the independents of states   
 The development follows as some states retains the ban with a view of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The Federal Government had on Monday eased the restriction on worship centres. But churches and mosques in Lagos State will not reopen due to a disagreement between the state government and religious leaders over protocols and guidelines.
The possibility of reopening has been ruled out, declared Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi at a press briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Elegushi said: “Even before the pronouncement by the Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the religious leaders. We even had one with the Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses.
“We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths. I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, the possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally. They claimed they could not take the responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them.
Dr Raji Abdulrazaq, the commissioner of health in Kwara state, on its part, told journalists that the state is yet to lift the ban on religious activities.
He said although the Federal Government had lifted Ban on religious activities in the country, it nevertheless left the state with discretion.
We shall be meeting with stakeholders on modalities for protecting the people of the state he added!
Osun State in a statement made available to urban Express-News Online said it will be meeting with religious leaders in the state to evolve modalities for the reopening of places of worship centres.

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