Covid-19: Why Places Of Worship Can’t Reopen – FCT Minister

20 May 2020 National News News

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has explained why places of worship cannot reopen yet in the Territory.

He gave this explanation in his Office during a meeting between the FCTA and representatives of the FCT Christian and Muslim communities led by the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman, Dr Samson Jonah and the FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun.

According to the Minister, the FCT is guided by advise from medical experts and guidelines from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 which had directed that all measures approved two weeks earlier be extended for another two weeks and these include the restriction on religious gatherings.

In the interim, Malam Bello explained that a team consisting of representatives of the religious organisations and their leadership, as well as the FCT has been constituted to gradually look at what the modalities and protocols of operating places of worship will be when the lockdown is relaxed.

The religious leaders in their comments appreciated the efforts of the FCT Administration in the fight against COVID-19 especially in the distribution of palliatives and the meeting agreed that whatever palliatives were available following the extension of the lockdown, be re-distributed through the organs and structures of the religious organisations.

The meeting was called at the instance of the religious leaders who requested for the re-opening of places of worship in the FCT, following pressure from their followers.

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