Coronavirus: Governor Abiodun suspends re-opening of churches and mosques in Ogun State

Coronavirus: Governor Abiodun suspends re-opening of churches and mosques in Ogun State

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The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has suspended the re-opening of worship centres across the state indefinitely due to the increased number of coronavirus cases.

The Governor made the statement on Friday while speaking on the steps taken to reduce the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the state and community spreading of the virus.

A fortnight ago, Governor Abiodun announced June 19 as the tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres in the state with a multilateral committee set up to work out modalities for re-opening.

Over the last two weeks, Ogun State recorded 623 positive cases of Covid-19, according the latest report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday.

“Consequently, we are confronted with two choices – yield to the demand of those who want the restrictions to be further relaxed or even completely removed, even if this is at variance with the dictates of incontrovertible data analysis and scientific opinion; or tow the path that preserves public health and safety, even if not so popular,” Governor Abiodun said.

“As a responsible administration, we choose life and the wellbeing of our citizens and are therefore constrained to take the painful but necessary decision to maintain the current regime of eased lockdown in the meantime.

“We are consequently suspending our initially slated re-opening of places of worship.”

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