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Ogun plans reopening of worship centres

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Ahead of the safe reopening of worship centres in Ogun State, a government delegation has visited churches and mosques in Ijebu, Remo and Egba areas of the state to ascertain the level of preparedness of worship centres.

The delegation, which comprised the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker; her counterparts in Physical Planning and Urban Development, as well as Environment, Tunji Odunlami and Abiodun Abudu-Balogun respectively, met with clerics and also inspected preventive measures provided by respective faith-based organisations.

Coker, who spoke with journalists after the visit yesterday, noted that mixed reactions was noticed among the religious bodies on their level of preparedness, saying that an intelligent decision towards reopening of the worship centres will be considered based on evidence at government’s disposal for the overall benefit of worshippers.

Abudu-Balogun commended some of the worship centres on their level of preparedness towards reopening, and while expressing satisfaction on decontamination of the centres, emphasised the need for them to continue the exercise before and after each service.

Odunlami, in his remark, said the assessment visit was an ongoing engagement between government and faith-based organisations on possible relaxation of the lockdown order, noting that the idea was to ensure the safety of the people.

Responding, the Cathedral Administrator, St. Sebastian’s Cathedral, Odo-Egbo in Ijebu -Ode, Rev. Father Vincent Ajayi, said the visit by the government officials showed the commitment of the Dapo Abiodun-led administration towards ensuring the safety of lives of the people.


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