Coronavirus: Ogun State may reopen religious centres on June 19 – Governor Abiodun
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said worship centres across the state may reopen by June 19 depending on the outcome of the proposal submitted by different religious group leaders in the state.
Governor Abiodun disclosed this while briefing pressmen on the update and efforts of the government in combating the coronavirus pandemic at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Friday.
He said they would engage the religious leaders to work out modalities for gradual lifting of restriction on religious activities.
“The engagement process has commenced. Indeed, we have invited and received written submissions from both the Christian Association of Nigeria and the League of Imams and Alfas on their suggestions on how the restrictions on places of worship can be relaxed,” Governor Abiodun said.
“After the submissions, the representatives of the two religious bodies also jointly held meetings with high-level representatives of government to discuss the submissions. This is in line with our inclusive approach to governance.
“We believe that the approach will ensure that the final decisions that will be arrived at will enjoy the buy-in and ownership of the religious leaders who will, in turn, communicate these to their respective congregation.
“Government appreciates the cooperation of the religious leaders over time in the fight against this common enemy, particularly, their submissions on the relaxation of restrictions on religious activities, which are practical, similar and mutually reinforcing.
“A sub-committee, inclusive of the religious leaders, will review the submissions, the discussions as well as expert opinions of medical scientists to harmonise all the views to arrive at a composite framework for final adoption of the committee in the next few days, on or before Friday, June 12.
“The 12th June deadline for the completion of the guidelines, which will be unveiled to the public in my next address is to enable the gradual opening of religious activities to tentatively commence on Friday, 19th June subject to the review of preparedness by our churches and mosques to the new normal.
“A task force comprising the religious leaders, government and security agencies will be established to monitor and ensure compliance with the agreed guidelines for religious activities; any place of worship that violates the guidelines will be closed.”