The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has approved the reopening of worship centres in the state.
Churches, Mosques and other places of worship in the state have been closed since March this year as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
In a statement released on Friday August 14, the governor said he took the decision after thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution with stakeholders. He also disclosed that the decision to lift the weekend’s lockdown was due to the opening of worship centres for activities.
“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August, 2020 as indicated in my last address. This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.
The Committee includes the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); the League of Imams and Alfas and Government representatives.
I am delighted to note that reports reaching us indicate varying but encouraging level of preparedness by the Worship Centres.
Therefore, today, Friday, 14th August is hereby confirmed for the commencement of operations of the Worship Centres, subject to the guidelines.”
The statement further reads
”It is of great importance that all stakeholders fully comply with the agreed guidelines, so that, together, we can further flatten the curve of this pandemic. For the purpose of emphasis, let me restate some of the elements of the guidelines which are as follows:
i. All congregants must wear their face masks appropriately (that is, No facemask, No entry);
ii. Adequate provision of running water;
iii. Worship centres should be adequately cleaned and decontaminated before and after services;
iv. Household bleach solution / equivalent should be adequately prepared for disinfectations;
v. There should be adequate provision and supervision of multiple Veronica Buckets for handwashing (fully automated handwashing machines are preferable);
vi. There should be provision of alcohol-based sanitiser which must be used before and after service;
vii. Worship centres should provide adequate toilet facilities with water;
viii. Muslims are advised to perform ablution at home and go to Mosque with their personal praying mats;
ix. Qualified Medical Practitioners or trained personnels should check the temperature of worshippers with infrared thermometer before allowing them to enter worship centres;
x. There should be adequate medical support for sick persons;
xi. All services on Friday/Sunday and other week days must adhere strictly to COVID-19 Guidelines;
xii. There should be pre-designated standing position/sitting positions to ensure not less than 2 meter spacing;
xiii. The duration of religious services should not be more than one and a half hours. In addition, same duration of one and a half hours must be observed as intervals, where there are multiple services;
xiv. The use of Air-conditioners should be discouraged while worship centres should be well ventilated with the use of fans;
xv. There should not be any handshakes/hugs by worshippers;
xvi. Proper awareness of the susceptibility of the aged and people with signs of ill-health should be adequately created among worshippers at all times;
xvii. Constant sensitisation of COVID-19 and its dangers should be included in sermon and goodwill messages;
xviii. Provision of isolation rooms is mandatory in all worship centres or facilities;
xix. Religious services and events should be recorded with digital camera for record purposes;
xx. Worship Centres and facilities with more than 200 worshippers in a given service must seek further clearance with the State Government;
xxi. At all times, there should be effective Entry and Exit Management Procedures in each of the Worship Centres;
xxii. Administration of Holy Communion should be devoid of sharing of any item and must follow COVID-19 protocols.
We are therefore appealing to our people, particularly our religious leaders to ensure that they adhere strictly to the protocols as have been agreed upon. We all agreed on these protocols to open the worship centres for many reasons.”
He warned that the state government would not hesitate to close down any religious center if it fails to comply or adhere to the laid down protocols.
The governor announced that Event centres, bars, casinos, cinemas, and night clubs in the state are to remain closed. He added that Restaurants are permitted to provide only take-away services and should also ensure that there are no more than 15 customers at a time with physical distancing measures in place
“Avenge my son’s death” – Father of upcoming singer killed by the police in PH begs for justice (video)
The father of 20-year-old singer Daniel Chibuike Ikeaguchi, popularly known as Sleek, who was shot dead by the police in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, River State, shed tears while calling for justice for his late son.
The bereaved father mentioned that he lived in the Northern part of Nigeria for years and didn’t lose a finger, only to lose his son when he returned to the South.
He also called on God to avenge his son’s death.
The father of 20-year-old singer Daniel Chibuike, popularly known as Sleek, who was shot dead by the police in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, River State, shed tears while calling for justice for his late son.
Sleek was shot dead on Saturday, September 19, 2020, allegedly by a mobile police officer attached to De Topic supermarket, while he was being chased by SARS operatives.
Four policemen have been arrested in connection to the killing.
Below is a video of the father calling for justice
Dog mauled newborn baby to death ‘while mum was in the toilet and dad was in garden’
A family’s pet dog mauled a newborn baby to death while his mother was in the toilet and his father was in the garden with another child, a coroner heard.
Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes was 12 days old when his family’s Chow Chow-cross is believed to have bitten him on September 13, 2020.
The child, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was still alive when mum Abigail Ellis frantically called for an ambulance, but died at the hospital.
Doncaster Coroner’s Court heard Elon was “bleeding from his leg or his stomach”.
Police are currently investigating his death and senior coroner Nicola Mundy adjourned the inquest until a later date.
Coroner’s officer David Copley said: “At 3.04pm on Sunday, September 13, a call was made to South Yorkshire Ambulance by Abigail Ellis.
“She stated that her son, Elon, was breathing, but was really poorly.
“He was bleeding from his leg or his tummy, she thought that one of the dogs had bitten Elon.
“She had been on the toilet and her partner Stephen was outside with another child and came running in.
“Officers attended and Stephen Joynes identified Elon to police officers.”
A police spokesperson said the baby had suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog.
They said the pet, called Teddy, was removed from the address and will remain in secure kennels until the force’s inquiries have been completed.
Military lesbian couple who got married in Ghana allegedly detained and facing court-martial (video)
A Ghanaian military lesbian couple who got married over the weekend, have reportedly been detained and facing court-martial.
In the videos shared online before their arrest, the ladies looked happy as they danced together while their guests cheered them on. The event led to divided opinions on social media as many asked why such “ungodly and abominable” event will be allowed in the West African country.
Few days after the video went viral, some local news platforms reported that the taller lady in the video (the military woman) was detained by military authorities and is facing a court-martial.
She is reportedly facing a military court-martial for giving out a military uniform to a civilian, her alleged lesbian partner(who is a civilian) to take pre-wedding photos.