The Lagos State House of Assembly Muslim Community (LSHAMC) has suspended Jumat prayer activities until further notice.
This was made known in a statement issued on Wednesday by the League Of Imams of the House of Assembly.
According to them, the suspension became necessary in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19 which is increasing in number on daily basis.
The Imams noted that the restriction and directive by the Lagos State Government on all social gatherings was a sure and pragmatic way to reduce the spread of the deadly virus in the State.
“We the Muslim Community of the Assembly would cooperate with the State Government by following and obeying its directive on reducing the spread of the second wave of Covid-19”, they said.
“We are not going to put the lives of our Muslim brothers and sisters in danger. Hence there is need to advise our Muslim faithful to stay away from Jumat Service indefinitely pending the outcome of further government directive”, they added.
The Leagues of Imams, however, thanked the State Government for the proactive efforts taken so far.
The Imams offered prayers to the people especially the Muslim faithful who have lost their lives or that of their loved ones in the cause of this virus.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government had reviewed working hours and other modalities of public servants under its employment as part of measures targeted at breaking the cycle of coronavirus transmission in the civil service.
Following the review adopted to mitigate the spread of the virus, the State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said that workers would henceforth only come to work twice a month.
Muri-Okunola who decried the rate at which civil servants were testing positive to coronavirus explained that the review had become imperative considering the priority placed on workers’ lives by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, which necessitated the adoption of twice-monthly appearance for the workers to ensure their full protection from the deadly pandemic.
The HoS in a memo sent to Accounting Officers urged the officers to come up with duty rosters to stem the outbreak in their respective Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
“The roster should be prepared with an Officer having to report for duty at most twice a month. Please note that this directive is without prejudice to existing directives and only reinforces same which are in effect and compliance abysmal,” he said.