THE Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has said that the state government will take action against churches that failed to adhere to the instructions on social distancing and number of persons in a congregation not going beyond 50 worshippers in a service .Wike spoke on Sunday while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt after leading the Task Force on Enforcement of the Ban on Public and Religious Gatherings to monitor compliance in some churches in the state.
The governor recently met with religious leaders at the Government House , Port Harcourt, where it was resolved that no church service should exceed 50 persons .
Wike , however , lauded other churches for complying with the directive of maintaining social distance during church service to check the spread of coronavirus.
Wike said , “ The compliance is very much appreciated , except for two churches that did not completely comply ; the Saint Thomas Anglican Church and Holy Trinity , Rumuapara . I have told the pastors that I don ’ t want to shut down the two churches. ”
“ In all , we are satisfied with the total compliance . That shows that the people appreciate what we are talking about . For us , the safety of our people remains key . We are happy today .
“ For the two churches that failed to comply , we will review the situation and take action . As you can see, we went to different churches.
“ This is a trying period . The state government owes the society a responsibility to protect lives and property . This is an interface to inform you of the measures that the state government is taking . ”
Accompanied by the service commanders , Wike also monitored compliance level in churches including the Saint John ’s Anglican Church , Rumueme Deanery , Saint Peter ’s Anglican Church , Rumuepirikom Deanery and Abundant Life Evangel Mission Cathedral .
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