From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Thursday lifted the ban on religious congregations across the state with immediate effect to allow religious bodies have their normal worship and services.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by the Kogi state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo and made available to journalists in Lokoja on Thursday.
Gov. Bello, however urged all religious leaders to put in place all the necessary preventive and precautionary measures in their various worship centres in order to contain the outbreak and spread of coronavirus in the state.
Gov. Bello further enjoined the religious leaders to continue to pray for the end of the pandemic so that the world could return to normal life and activities.
Amongst the preventive measures to be put in place by the religious bodies according to the statement includes Sanitizers for worshippers at the entrance of churches and Mosques.
The statement also directed that Sitting arrangements in Mosques and Churches should be done to ensure social distancing.
Churches and Mosques in the state were also directed in the statement 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 added.