Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has lifted ban on all religious gatherings across the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Governor Bello, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Thursday, said religious congregations in mosques and churches can hold across the state provided there is provision of hand sanitisers for worshippers at the entrances of all churches and mosques.
‘‘Sitting arrangements in mosques and churches 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,” the Governor said.
The statement, signed by Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, stated that the lifting of the ban was to enable religious bodies to resume their normal worship and services.
The government charged all religious leaders to ensure that all preventive and precautionary measures are strictly adhered to in their respective worship centres.
NAN recalls that Gov. Bello on March 20, had banned all forms of gathering involving 30 people and above as part of the preventive measures to contain the outbreak and spread of coronavirus in the state.