Kogi Gov Relaxes Ban on Religious Congregations


Ibrahim Oyewale in 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, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoja thursday, the government stated that religious bodies should return to worship centres for service.

According to the statement, “The state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has directed 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 the worship centres 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.

The state government, in line with federal government’s directives, has placed ban on religious congregations in the past two weeks as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state.