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Ekiti State Government suspends planned reopening of Mosques and Churches

The corona virus pandemic has led to the closure of churches, and mosques in some states in Nigeria.

But Ekiti State Governor 'Kayode Fayemi' said on July 1st 2020 that all mosques, and churches in Ekiti, which had been shut down since March to reopen for worship, once a week on Friday for Muslims from July 17, and once a week on Sunday from July 19, for Christians.

But Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, who is Ekiti State commissioner for health has made a statement that the government said the decision was taken consequent upon the review of the preparedness of religious to comply with conditions stipulated for reopening.

She said “The latest communique of CAN is indicative of the fact that worship centres are not yet ready to comply with conditions stipulated as guidelines, and conditions set out by the government for reopening of worship centres.

She further said “In view of the foregoing, the state government has shifted the date for the reopening of worship centres on August 14, 2020 to give the worship centres enough time to meet the prescribed conditions for the reopening”.

"As much as fumigation of religious centres remains a prerequisite for reopening, she added that such should not be done in contravention of the Ekiti State Environmental Health and Sanitation Law" She said.

She further stated that those within the ages of 1 -12 and 65 and above are also exempted from attending any congregational programme in any religious centre because of their vulnerability.

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