Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
Kogi State government has lifted ban on religious congregations in the State with immediate effect to allow various religious bodies to resume their normal worship and services.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday , stated that religious bodies should return for worship .
The statement which read thus, “Following the directive of His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State that the ban on religious congregations be lifted with immediate effect to allow religious bodies have their normal worship and services”
The statement also urged religious leaders to put in place the following preventive measures by providing Sanitizers for all worshippers at the entrance of churches and Mosques.
It further stated that the sitting arrangements in Mosques and Churches should be done to ensure social distancing.
“We also urge Churches and Mosques to make their services as brief as possible in order not to keep a large crowd of worshipers within an enclosed confinement for a long period of time.
“The COVID-19 Squadron Committee also urges religious leaders to continue to pray for the end of the pandemic so that the world can return to normal life and activities, the Statement stressed.
It would be recalled that the State government in line with Federal Government’s directives has placed ban on religious congregations in past two weeks as part of measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the State.