Activities will begin to pick up again as the Nasarawa State Government has lifted ban placed on religious bodies and its activities in the state. This was made known during a media chat and journalist briefing at the statehouse in the state capital.
The state commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Comrade Dogo Shammah speaking at the Government House in Lafia at the end of the security and stakeholders meeting said the state had to lift the lockdown on all religious activities for a period of two weeks.
It would be recalled that Governor Abdullahi Sule had banned religious gathering since March 2, as parts of measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus pandemic. Although there had been an increase in the number of reported cases of the pandemic in the state between those periods of lockdown till date.
Comrade Dogo has further made it clear that the government will provide hand sanitizers and thermometer to the religious leader for them to use these facilities at their several places of worship. Including the churches and mosques that will be operating in the state with the two weeks of the lifted ban.
Speaking on the conditions for the religious centres, the workshops centres are to ensure social distancing, compulsory use of face masks and frequent washing of hands with sanitizers by all their members.
He further said that the state will review the level of compliance of the religious leaders and the people to the two weeks lifted ban in the state. This is also dependant on the level of compliance as that will only the condition for the lifted ban to last the said two weeks. “Upon two weeks, government the next line of action will be made known to the public”, he said.
Governor Abdullahi Sule has however lifted the ban on tricycle operators in the state to ease the transportation inconveniences encountered by the citizens and residence in Nasarawa state.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state spoke on behalf of religious leaders and hailed the governor. He expressed gratitude to the government for being considerate and promised to adhere to the government conditions.
He, therefore, called on all religious leaders in the state to ensure that every member use face masks and they provide hand sanitisers and water in their respective worship centres.